The letters 2SLGBTQ refers to people who identify as part of the two-spirited, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities . 2S is placed at the beginning of the acronym in order to signal the centering of Indigenous voices as the first peoples of this land, to honour the Indigenous land we live on, and to acknowledge the long history of gender and sexual diversity on Turtle Island. Toronto is also home to a large and vibrant two-spirited Indigenous community composed of a variety of sexual orientations including gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgendered people .Studies have consistently highlighted that Two-Spirit and LGBTQ people continue to face health disparities when compared to people who identify as cisgender and heterosexual . These letters do not capture the diversity and variations of identity under this umbrella term such as pansexual, gender-free and intersex identities among many others. These differing communities and identities are often linked by a shared experience of homophobia, transphobia, heteronormativity and cisnormativity.
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