The term “2SLGBTQ+” is an expanded acronym that is used to be more inclusive of different gender and sexual identities. It stands for “Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and other identities,” and it’s designed to encompass a wider range of gender and sexual orientations.
Here’s a breakdown of the terms included:
- Two-Spirit (2S): This term is of Indigenous origin and represents a range of gender identities and roles in many Indigenous cultures in North America. Two-Spirit individuals may have both masculine and feminine qualities or embody a unique gender role within their communities.
- Lesbian: A lesbian is a woman who is emotionally, romantically, or sexually attracted to other women.
- Gay: Gay is typically used to describe a man who is emotionally, romantically, or sexually attracted to other men, although it can also be used more broadly to describe same-sex attraction.
- Bisexual: A bisexual person is someone who is emotionally, romantically, or sexually attracted to people of both their own gender and other genders.
- Transgender: Transgender individuals are those whose gender identity differs from the sex assigned to them at birth. They may identify as a gender different from the one they were assigned.
- Queer: Queer is an umbrella term that encompasses a wide range of non-heteronormative sexual orientations and gender identities. It’s often used by those who don’t fit neatly into other categories or who want to embrace a non-binary identity.
The + Sign
The “+” sign at the end of the acronym acknowledges that this list is not exhaustive and that there are numerous other gender and sexual identities that may not be explicitly mentioned. The goal of using “2SLGBTQ+” is to foster inclusivity and recognition of the diversity of gender and sexual orientations beyond the core categories listed in the acronym. It emphasizes the importance of respecting and acknowledging the identities of all individuals, including those who may not fit within traditional categories.