A note about our chosen acronym
We have chosen to use the acronym “2SLGBTQI+” to represent as broadly as possible a diverse group of unique people with respect to sexual orientation, gender identities and expressions. The letters in the acronym stand for Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex people. The “+” is meant to be inclusive of other people who identify as a sexual or gender minority, for example, asexual, non-binary, pansexual and those questioning their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
We acknowledge that histories of oppression and privilege, erasure and violence against those who belong to 2SLGBTQI+ communities cannot be easily reflected in any acronym claiming to describe sexually and gender diverse groups as a whole. The 2SLGBTQI+ acronym currently used by RNAO was selected to capture the range of sexually and gender-diverse communities in Canada and around the world. “2S” was chosen to lead the acronym as a way to honour and bring visibility to Indigenous Two-Spirit people.