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LGBT2-SQQA: confusing acronym or inclusive title?

A Laurentian sociology professor says the creation of an acronym is an ongoing evolution.

Sudbury sociology professor says acronyms should be considered a framework

Dana Cudney, a professor of sociology at Laurentian University who teaches classes in gender and sexuality, says an acronym 'should never become too much.' (Markus Schwabe/CBC)

A Laurentian sociology professor says the creation of an acronym is an ongoing evolution.

What letters end up in an acronym should be a collective effort, says Dana Cudney.

Cudney spoke on CBC News Morning North radio program Thursday morning to talk about the ever-expanding acronym that represents the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. LGBT has expanded to LGBT2-SQQA, which stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, queer, questioning and allies.

The website and pamphlet for Fierte Sudbury Pride says the goal of the expanded acronym is to celebrate the city's LGBT2-SQQA community.

Cudney said these kind of abbreviations — and knowing which ones to use — can be complicated, and some people may not know that there isn't a consensus.

The expanded acronym is simply a frame work in which to create inclusion, she noted. There are still many identities that are not represented, such as intersex.

"It should never become too much," Cudney said.

"Yes, there is this tension, but we can do a creative tension with this instead of a destructive one. People need a place to speak from and identify themselves from where they speak or write or address the social world. I consider it an unfolding drama."

To hear more from the interview, listen to the audio file below.

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