Justin Trudeau mocked after using ‘2SLGBTQQIA+’ acronym
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being mocked on social media after he published two posts that mention the latest woke iteration of an acronym for people with different sexual identities — 2SLGBTQQIA+ — which some likened to an encrypted password or “headbutting the keyboard.”
“People across the country are lighting candles to honour Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people who are missing or have been murdered. We must continue to work together, raise awareness, and advocate to end this ongoing national tragedy. #SistersinSpirit,” the prime minister posted to Facebook and Twitter on Monday, referencing the Sisters in Spirit vigil, which honors women of specific racial or sexual identities who are missing or have been murdered.
The number and letter ‘2S’ in 2SLGBTQQIA+ includes people who identify as “Two-spirit,” referring to someone who identifies as having both a masculine and a feminine spirit. It is used by some Indigenous North Americans to describe their sexual identity.
The acronym, which used to be most commonly known as “LGBTQ,” sparked confusion among social media users.
“Headbutting the keyboard is now a sexuality,” British rapper Nzube Olisaebuka Udezue, also known as ZUBY, replied to Trudeau.
“Is that the actual acronym now or did his cat walk across the keyboard?” conservative commentator Matt Walsh tweeted.
Gad Saad, an evolutionary behavioral scientist and professor at Montreal’s Concordia University, mocked the lengthy acronym.
“What about the F##^*#>€PKSDFNNM+¥*+? Their lived experiences matter too. Please be more inclusive,” he wrote. “[You truly are a caricature of the worst woke stereotype. Void of any profundity.]”
Others compared the combination of characters to an encrypted password, with video journalist Luke Rudlowski asking, “Is 2SLGBTQQIA his laptop password?”
In a separate statement, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett gave more context to the vigil and acronym used by Trudeau, spelling out the different identities included.
“I urge all Canadians to take time today to honour the Indigenous women, girls and Two Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual (2SLGBTQQIA+) people who are missing or have been murdered,” Bennett said.
“We offer support to the families and communities who bear the grief of their loss and to the survivors whose lives have been forever changed.”
“Together, we can make a difference and put an end to the systemic violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people,” Bennett later added.