DISPATCHES FROM PRIME MINISTER ZOOLANDER: Justin Trudeau is now up to using 11 characters in the never-ending alphabet gender game. “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.”
For those keeping score at home, “2SLGBTQQIA+” is apparently “Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual,” according to a press release from Trudeaupia.
What’s “Two-Spirit,” you might ask:
“Two-spirit” refers to a person who identifies as having both a masculine and a feminine spirit, and is used by some Indigenous people to describe their sexual, gender and/or spiritual identity. As an umbrella term it may encompass same-sex attraction and a wide variety of gender variance, including people who might be described in Western culture as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, gender queer, cross-dressers or who have multiple gender identities. Two-spirit can also include relationships that could be considered poly. The creation of the term “two-spirit” is attributed to Elder Myra Laramee, who proposed its use during the Third Annual Inter-tribal Native American, First Nations, Gay and Lesbian American Conference, held in Winnipeg in 1990. The term is a translation of the Anishinaabemowin term niizh manidoowag, two spirits.
Update Newspeak Dictionaries accordingly.