OK, it was very nice of someone to produce this handy chart for Pride Month clearly defining what LGBTTQQIAAP stands for, for those of us who usually let it go at LBGT. However, we do have three gripes.

First, it completely overlooks the indigenous Canadian people, who consider themselves “two-spirited” and hence why Prime Minister Justin Trudeau formally apologized for past wrongs and the unjust treatment of LGBTQ2 Canadians.

Second, it doesn’t take into account the movement to remember the K for “kink.” That group was promoting LGBTQQICAPF2K, which stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, curious, asexual, agender, ally, pansexual, polysexual, friends and family, two-spirit, and kink.

Third, it clashes with Wesleyan University’s use of LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM to promote an open house on campus for the LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM community. LGBTTQQIAAP completely leaves out BDSM … and if BDSM is your kink, at least tack on a “K.”

Anyway, you’ll be relieved to know that one of the A’s is for ally, so consider yourself included (although some are arguing allies shouldn’t be included. And don’t get us started on the rift in the LGBTTQQIAAP over whether to add a brown stripe to the pride flag to represent people of color.

Thank us later:

From the chart, we’re understanding that a transsexual has gone ahead with sex-change surgery, while transgender people can simply identify as a different gender from their birth sex.

They could make room for an S by removing one of the A’s.


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