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ANSWERS | What does the 2 in LGBTQ2 mean?

The LGBTQ2 is not a widely used acronym and is not widely used outside Canada. However, its popularity is on the rise.

What does the 2 in LGBTQ2 mean?

The 2 in LGBTQ2 stands for ‘two-spirit’. It is an umbrella term for being a “two spirit” described as a Native (North) American who identifies as non-binary, non-cisgendered or genderqueer. It could also refer to someone who identifies as non-heterosexual. It is used to describe certain spiritual people. It is not interchangeable with LGBT Native American.

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Wikipedia explains, “it is a sacred, spiritual and ceremonial role that is recognised and confirmed by the Elders of the Two Spirit’s ceremonial community. While some have found the term a useful tool for intertribal organising, not all Native cultures conceptualise gender or sexuality this way, and most tribes use names in their own languages.”

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It was adopted in 1990 to replace an outdated and now considered offensive term.

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The term is not widely used outside North America.

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