LGBTQ2SA+ – this is an acronym encapsulating many identities, including but not limited to: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans (sexual or gender), Queer (some also use the Q to stand for ‘questioning’), 2-spirited, Asexual, and the + represents the entire spectrum of identities possible, since we are learning as a society that not everyone fits into a neat little box.

Queer – Originally used as a pejorative slur, queer has now become an umbrella term to describe the myriad ways people reject binary categories of gender and sexual orientation to express who they are.

Gender identity: How you feel and express your gender, which does not need to align with the sex you were assigned at birth.

Transgender: A person whose gender identity differs from the sex they were assigned at birth. The term ‘Trans’ is also used as the umbrella term for various kinds of gender identities within the trans community.

Gender dysphoria: The psychological distress that occurs when a person’s gender identity differs from the sex they were assigned at birth.

Pronouns: A word used instead of a noun often to refer to a person without using their name. Pronouns can signal a person’s gender. Some of the most commonly used pronouns are she/her, he/him and they/them.

Nonbinary: Someone who doesn’t identify exclusively as female or male.

Gender transition: There isn’t one way for a person to transition. Gender transition can include a range of social (new name and pronouns) medical (hormone therapy, surgery) and legal (changing a driver’s license or birth certificate) steps to help affirm one’s gender identity.

Drag Kings & Drag Queens: People, some who are straight and cisgender, who perform either masculinity or femininity as a form of art.

Pansexual: A person who can be attracted to all different kinds of people, regardless of their gender identity. This can include cis-male, cis-female, trans-male, trans-female, non-binary, etc.

Heteronormativity: A cultural bias that considers heterosexuality (being straight) the norm. When you first meet someone, do you automatically assume they’re straight? That’s heteronormativity.

Ally: A person who is not LGBTQ2SA+ but uses their privilege to support LGBTQ2SA+ people and promote equality. Allies “stand up and speak out even when the people they’re allying for aren’t there,” said Robin McHaelen.

Progress Rainbow Flag: Designed by Daniel Quasar in 2018, this flag adds five new colours to emphasize progress around inclusion. The flag includes black and brown stripes to represent people of colour, and baby blue, pink and white, which are used in the Transgender Pride Flag. Across Rogers Sports & Media, we are using this progress rainbow flag to show our support for Pride Month and the communities this time celebrates!

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