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2SLGBTQIA+ Inclusivity

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What does the 2SLGBTQIA+ acronym mean?

“2SLGBTQIA+” stands for Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, and the + acknowledges all other gender identities and sexual orientations. “2SLGBTQIA+” is an umbrella term, and how a person identifies is unique. For example, some individuals may identify with one, a few, or several of the terms. It is essential to respect the terms that individuals prefer.  

How can we support someone who “comes out”?

It takes strength and courage for someone to come out. It is a personal choice if someone decides to “come out” and share with others they identify as part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. 

Annie Decontie

Coming out is not always straightforward and can lead to mixed emotions. How others react to a person coming out can have an impact on their willingness to share with others in the future and so it is important to be aware of how to be supportiveand responsive to their needs.- Annie Decontie (they/them), Planning, Programming, & Research Officer

  • If a friend, family member, or loved one comes out, it is important to be respectful and non-judgmental and let the person know you love them no matter what. 
  • Rule of thumb: If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything. Wait it out. Choose your words carefully and let the person know that you are still processing the information.
  • Listen attentively to what the person shares with you. Be empathetic. 
  • Trust the person. Don’t make assumptions or invalidate their experience. 
  • If someone shares this information about their identity with you, it can mean that they view you as a trustworthy person. Sharing is a personal choice, so it is important to respect confidentiality and not disclose one’s identity to others without permission. 
  • Ask them how you can best support them and respect their wishes. 
  • These discussions can sometimes occur in very difficult circumstances. If you are concerned about a person’s well-being or safety, you can provide additional support and refer them to appropriate services or resources with their consent.  Crisis resources are available :  Mental Health 
  • If you are concerned about their well-being or safety, you can provide additional support and refer them to appropriate services or resources.   

Celebrating Pride in Eeyou Istchee

Many of the communities in Eeyou Istchee organize Pride activities during Pride month in June. Please consult local events calendars for more information. 

Support services and resources


The Wîchihîwâuwin Helpline provides a safe space for people who need to talk on the phone about any difficult situation concerning their well-being

Phone: 1-833-632-4357. Service available 24/7. Cree speakers and Elders are available upon request

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