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LGBTQIA2S+ is an acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer / questioning, intersex, asexual, and Two-Spirit; the plus sign (+) represents the infinite variety of gender identities and sexualities that fall outside of, or are not represented by, this acronym. - UBC Equity & Inclusion, adapted by Michelle Xie [1]

Examples of identities included in LGBTQIA2S+

Sexual and gender orientations that veer away from heterosexual, cisgender norms are included in this acronym. Some examples of these identities are included in the below table, but this is not an exhaustive list.


A person who has sexual or romantic attraction to people of one's own gender identity.


A person who has sexual or romantic attraction to people of one's own gender identity and of other gender identities. Some people may choose to use the term pansexual as an alternative to the term bisexual. [2]


A person whose gender identity differs from the sex they were assigned at birth.

Queer A multi-faceted word that is used in different ways and means different things to different people such as; 1) Attraction to people of multiple genders, 2) Does not conform to cultural norms regarding gender and/or sexuality, 3) General term for all non-heterosexual people. Some people in the community may feel the word has been used against them in a hateful way for too long, and therefore do not prefer to use it. [3]
Two-spirit An Indigenous person who identifies as having both a masculine and a feminine spirit; describes their sexual, gender and/or spiritual identity. [4]
Non-binary A person who identifies with or expresses a gender identity that is neither entirely male nor entirely female; a person who is non-binary may also identify as gender fluid (not having a fixed gender) or agender (does not identify with gender binaries and norms). [5]

Please see our page on LGBTQIA2S+ issues and climate justice for further relevant information.

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