WATCH — Just in time for Pride Month, learn what 2SLGBTQQIPAA+ stands for

Published 2023-06-06 02:00

Letters represent different identities, longer term is more inclusive

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June marks Pride Month in many places across Canada, as well as other parts of the world.

Pride Month is a time to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. You might see or hear of events or parades happening in your area.

You might also hear the LGBTQ+ community being named in different ways.

For example, the federal government uses 2SLGBTQI+. But in 2021, it was using LGBTQ2.

A longer version of the term is 2SLGBTQQIPAA+.

But why do some people and groups use more letters? Experts we spoke to said it’s so the term can be more inclusive.

The letters represent different gender or sexual identities.

Including a letter that helps someone feel included can be very powerful, said Alessio Ponzio, a professor at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.

“It means that I exist. It means that I am important. It means that I’m relevant. It means that I’m acknowledged by society,” said Ponzio.

Ponzio teaches students about the history of gender and sexuality.

So what does each letter in 2SLGBTQQIPAA+ mean?

There’s a lot to unbox here. KN contributor Saba Vahedyousefi breaks it down in the video below.

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About the Contributor

Saba Vahedyousefi
Saba Vahedyousefi
CBC Kids News Contributor
Saba Vahedyousefi is a Secondary III (Grade 9) student living in Montreal, Quebec. Saba was born in Iran and moved to Canada when she was five. She is fluent in French, English and Persian. She is also an actor, singer and pianist.

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