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2SLGBTQIA+ General Information and Resources

Two-Sprit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans+, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, plus are the various identities one may hold that make up the 2SLGBTQIA+ acronym. This acronym may appear to consist of a cohesive and similar group of people. However, it is not. Inclusive care requires understanding the unique experiences and needs of each identity in this acronym.

The Genderbread Person, which was developed by Sam Kellermann through research and focus group discussions, is one of the best ways to visualize the difference between gender, sex and sexual orientation. Please take some time to review and share it within your hospice, click here for the full Genderbread Person package. Hospice staff, volunteers, and anyone else who is interested, can find books and resources on It's Pronounced Metrosexual that help create safe space for 2SLGBTQIA+ people.

Sam Kellermann also did a TedX talk where he explains sex, gender identity and gender expression in about 15 minutes in a fun and informative way. 

Understanding the Complexities of Gender: Sam Killermann at TEDxUofIChicago

Guides and Educational Resources

Please find links to guides and resources on a variety of topics designed to help improve 2SLGBTQIA+ awareness and safe spaces for all. Egale has developed a 2SLGBTQI Terms and Concepts document that you may find helpful.

Biological Sex

Sex Assigned at Birth and Gender Identity: What Is The Difference? By Amaze

What Does It Mean to Be Intersex? By Them.Us

Sexual orientation

What Is Sexual Orientation? By Amaze

Gender Identity and Expression

What Does It Mean to be Transgender? By Them.Us

Gender-Neutral Pronouns 101: Everything You've Always Wanted to Know by Devin-Norelle

Two Spirits, One Voice By Egale

Inqueery: Indigenous Identity and the Significance of the Term "Two-Spirit" By Them.Us

Inclusive and Affirming Language

The words we use can either make people feel excluded, or they can make people feel included and respected for who they are. Egale has created the following documents on how to be inclusive and affirming. 

Inclusive and Affirming Language Tips

Pronoun Usage Guide


Tips on how to Practice 2SLGBTIA+ Allyship

Responding with Allyship

The Pride Flag

 This Pride Progress flag was designed to represent the ongoing human rights struggle of Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual (2SLGBTQIA+) people all over the world. This flag was designed by Valentino Vecchietti and was released shortly before pride 2021.  This flag looks very different from the original pride flag that was just the colours of the rainbow. 

For more information on this Pride Progress Flag, please see the article This Pride Flag is Designed For Intersex Inclusion by Shar Jossell.

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