James Harbeck jharbeck at SYMPATICO.CA
Thu May 22 00:49:51 UTC 2008

I just saw this mule-choker from a friend on Facebook -- the friend
(who has managed to thoroughly defeat the use of gender-specific
pronouns in reference to themself) is looking for other LGBTT2IQQA
alumni from York University.

So, OK, I think LGBT is pretty common. This rather longer initialism
seems to have much more limited currency. But a little digging has
uncovered that it seems to stand for "lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender, transsexual, 2-spirit, intersex, queer, questioning,

Oh, and 2-spirit? "Two-spirited" is current (in LGBT circles) in
Canada, but I'm not sure it's used in the US. It's from First Nations
(what we call American Indians in Canada) traditions. See for a cogent

James Harbeck.

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