“LGBT Is Now LGGBDTTTIQQAAPP??” Tucker Can’t Understand Canada Anymore
The above flyer describes a “LGGBDTTTIQQAAPP” inclusiveness training session which happened back in August of this year. It was hosted by the Canadian organization Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO). Turns out the acronym “LGGBDTTTIQQAAPP” may have only been used by ETFO in a facetious way to get more attendees to the training session.
“LGGBDTTTIQQAAPP” – According to the flyer stands for Lesbian, Gay, Genderqueer, Bisexual, Demisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Two-Spirit, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, Asexual, Allies, Pansexual and Polyamorous.
All of the information below was taken from the explanations presented on Wikipedia for each term.
Lesbian is a homosexual woman who is romantically or sexually attracted to other women. Additionally, the term lesbian is also used to express sexual identity or sexual behavior regardless of sexual orientation, or as an adjective to characterize or associate nouns with female homosexuality or same-sex attraction.
Gay is a term that primarily refers to a homosexual person or the trait of being homosexual.
Genderqueer, also termed non-binary, is a catch-all category for gender identities that are not exclusively masculine or feminine—identities which are outside the gender binary and cisnormativity. Genderqueerpeople may express a combination of masculinity and femininity, or neither, in their gender expression.
Bisexuality is attraction or sexual behavior toward both males and females. This includes romantic or sexual attraction to people of any sex or gender identity; with this latter aspect is sometimes alternatively termed pansexuality. The term bisexuality is one of the three main classifications of sexual orientation along with heterosexuality and homosexuality, all of which exist on the heterosexual–homosexual continuum.
Demisexuality is a state of a person for whom sexual attraction is only kindled toward those they have emotional ties or connections with. It is a term coined in 2008 by Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN).
Transgender people have a gender identity or gender expression which differs from their assigned sex, and are sometimes called transsexual if they desire medical assistance to transition from one sex to another. Additionally, the term may include people who are not exclusively masculine or feminine (people who are genderqueer/non-binary, e.g. bigender, pangender, genderfluid, or agender). Other definitions of transgender also include people who belong to a third gender, or conceptualize transgender people as a third gender.
Transsexual people experience a gender identity that is inconsistent with, or not culturally associated with, their assigned sex, and desire to permanently transition to the gender with which they identify.
Two-Spirit is a modern, pan-Indian, all incompassing term used by some indigenous North Americans to describe certain people in their communities who fulfill a traditional third-gender (or other gender-variant) role in their cultures.
Intersex people are born with any of several variations in sex characteristics including physically and genetically which, according to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, “do not fit the typical definitions for male or female bodies” Intersex people were previously referred to as hermaphrodites and other terms.
Queer is an all incompassing term for sexual and gender minorities who are not heterosexual and/or not cisgender. Originally meaning “strange” or “peculiar”, queer came to be used pejoratively against those with same-sex desires or relationships in the late 19th century.
The questioning of one’s gender, sexual identity, sexual orientation, or all three is a process of exploration by people who may be unsure, still exploring, and concerned about applying a social label to themselves for various reasons. Many LGBT student groups and literature include questioning; in the case of gay–straight alliance groups, they do so in part so students are not compelled to label themselves or choose a sexual identity.
Asexuality is the lack of sexual attraction to others, or low or absent interest in or desire for sexual activity. It may be considered the lack of a sexual orientation, or one of the variations thereof, alongside heterosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality. It may also be an all incompassing term used to categorize a broader spectrum of various asexual sub-identities.
A straight ally or heterosexual ally is a heterosexual and cisgender person who supports equal civil rights, gender equality, LGBT social movements, and challenges homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. Despite this, some people who meet this definition do not identify themselves as straight allies. A straight ally believes that LGBT people face discrimination and thus are socially and economically disadvantaged. They aim to use their position as heterosexual or cisgender individuals in a society focused on heteronormativity to fight homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.
Pansexuality, or omnisexuality, is the sexual, romantic or emotional attraction towards people regardless of their sex or gender identity. Pansexual people may refer to themselves as gender-blind, asserting that gender and sex are not determining factors in their romantic or sexual attraction to others. Pansexuality may be considered a sexual orientation in its own right or a branch of bisexuality, to indicate an alternative sexual identity.
Polyamory is the practice of or desire for intimate relationships with more than one partner, with all participating partners aware of all the other partners. It has been described as “consensual, ethical, and responsible non-monogamy”. People who identify as polyamorous reject the view that sexual and relational exclusivity are necessary for deep, committed, long-term loving relationships. The arrangements are varied, reflecting the choices and philosophies of the individuals involved, but with recurring themes or values, such as love, intimacy, honesty, integrity, equality, communication, and commitment.