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What Does LGBT2Q+ Mean?

The term LGBT is an initialism used to refer to the non-heterosexual and/or non-cisgender individuals, topics and communities. The original letters represent Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender.

The term started to see use in the 1990's as a positive alternative to 'gay community' which was commonly used at the time. The purpose was to promote inclusivity and diversity for sexuality and gender identities.

Over time the term has evolved to include a 'Q' for Queer and a '+' in LGBTQ+ in order to be more inclusive and acknowledge that there are varying identities. It's also common to see LGBT2Q+, the '2' representing Two-Spirit identity used by some Indigenous peoples.

What do all the letters stand for?

We know it can be confusing, particularly if you find yourself new to the queer community either as an ally or member of our wonderful community.

Here's a quick overview of the most common terms used in the expanded acronym - LGBTT2QQIAAP (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, agender, pansexual)

Check out the Queer Dictionary for all kinds of terms that are used to express gender and sexual identities.


  • Lesbian: A woman who is emotionally, physically, spiritually and/or sexually attracted to women.
  • Gay: A person whose primary attraction is to people of the same gender. The word can refer to men or women, although some women prefer “lesbian.” Sometimes used as an umbrella term for the LBGT community.
  • Bisexual: A person who is emotionally, physically, spiritually and/or sexually attracted to members of more than one gender, though not necessarily at the same time.
  • Trans: “Across”. An umbrella term used for people whose gender identity is not in harmony with their birth assignment, either wholly or partially, or who experience their gender identity as radically different from what is expected of a “man” or “woman.” It includes but is not limited to people who identify as transgender, trans woman, trans man, transsexual, cross-dresser, gender non-conforming, gender variant or gender queer. There are many communities that live under this umbrella and there is no single or universal experience of what it means to be trans. Learn more with the QE Trans 101 Hub.
  • Two-Spirit: A cultural and spiritual identity used by some First Nations peoples to describe having both masculine and feminine spirits.  The term is a translation of the Anishinaabemowin term niizh manidoowag, two spirits.
  • Queer: An umbrella term used proudly by some people to defy gender or sexual restrictions. This is also one way some people identify themselves as members of the lesbian, gay, bi, and/or trans communities or cultures.
  • Questioning: A period where a person explores their own sexual and/or gender identity, reflecting on such things as upbringing, expectations from others, and inner landscape. The person may not be certain if s/he is gay, lesbian, bisexual, or trans and may be trying to figure out how to identify themselves.
  • Intersex: A person born with biological and/or physical characteristics that are not easily categorized by medical practitioners as male or female. Intersex people are often assigned as either male or female at birth. Some intersex people identify with their assigned sex, while others do not.
  • Asexual: A person who experiences little or no sexual attraction and who chooses to call themselves asexual. Since sexuality is a socially dominant framework, asexual people may feel marginalized. Not all asexual people are aromantic.
  • Agender: A person who does not identify with either the traditional male or female gender. It can be seen either as a non-binary gender identity or as a statement of not having a gender identity.
  • Pansexual: A person who has romantic or sexual attractions to people of any gender or sex.

Bonus term:

Ally: A person who identifies as heterosexual, cis-gender who actively accepts and supports LGBT2Q+ rights. (a.k.a. a decent person)

Pronoun Chart

Subjective Objective Possessive adjective Possessive pronoun Reflexive
She smiles I like her Her hat is blue That is hers She likes herself
He smiles I like him His hat is blue That is his He likes himself
They smile I like them Their hat is blue That is theirs They like themself
Ze smiles I like zir Zir hat is blue That is zirs Ze likes zirself
Hir smiles I like hir Hir hat is blue That is hirs Hir likes hirself
Xe smiles I like xem Xem hat is blue That is xyrs Xe likes xemself

Wondering about Pronouns? Don't worry, QE got you covered with our Pronouns 101

Flags of the Queer Community

There are a number of different flags that can be found when attending queer celebrations and events. Many of the common flags are displayed below, to learn more about the design on LGBT2Q+ flags, check out the Queer Corner blog post - Queer Community Flags


QueerEvents.ca - Queer Flags - Agender Flag Image


QueerEvents.ca - Queer Flags - Aromantic Flag Image


QueerEvents.ca - Queer Flags - Asexual Flag Image


QueerEvents.ca - Queer Flags - Bear Flag Image


QueerEvents.ca - Queer Flags - Bisexual Flag Image


QueerEvents.ca - Queer Flags - Genderfluid Flag Image
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