frequently asked questions (FAQ):
Q 1: What does 2SLGBTQIA+ mean? Why so many letters?
A: 2SLGBTQIA+ means gender diverse people who are 2S(two-spirit Indigenous), L(lesbian), G(gay), B(bisexual), T(transgender), Q(queer), I(intersex) or A(asexual).
This terminology aims to include people of all genders and the entire range of sexuality. It also aims to increase awareness in the general public.
Q 2: Where can I find definitions of these terms?
A: Our community uses a wide variety of terms to explain their life experience. Correct language and pronouns are a sign of acceptance and understanding. So thanks for asking! Useful resources to help “learn the lingo” include:
Q 3: What is Pflag?
A: Pflag is an accepted name rather than an acronym; its intention is to reflect the support one hopes to find in family.
Pflag is a bilingual, non-profit organization working as advocates and allies to better the lives of 2SLGBTQIA+ people. Pflag Canada sets national policy and develops resources. The Regina Chapter of Pflag Canada is the “feet on the ground” in our community.
Q 4: Could I join the Regina Chapter of Pflag?
A: Yes! Anyone with an interest in changing public, official, and media attitudes towards 2SLGBTQIA+ people is welcome join Pflag Regina. New members are encouraged to attend a meeting. No fees, no pressure … just warm human response.
People who take part in Pflag activities are members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, plus their parents, family, and friends. We represent a range of occupations and professions, including teachers, health professionals, and some who are retired.
Q 5: How can Pflag help individuals?
A: The lives of 2SLGBTQIA+ people can be challenging. Some are rejected by their family. Others are subjected to vicious attacks, discrimination, and threats. They deserve our full support to enable them to live safely and achieve their full potential.
Pflag listens in both French and English. Pflag can be a caring family for 2SLGBTQIA people who feel alone as they explore their identity.
Pflag offers bilingual support, and resources for learning and for sharing with others. We will help you locate the resource that will meet your present needs, including diversity-friendly service providers who can respond to specific needs (especially in health sector).
Q 6: How will Pflag benefit the community? What is the local focus?
A: Pflag aims to create greater harmony in our society with positive attitudes about the wide range of gender and sexual orientation that have always existed in our communities.
At this time, the focus of Pflag Regina is on education and communication. We hope to raise awareness and understanding in our community so that Regina is a more open and welcoming place to live for all people.
We help schools and other workplaces to create a positive environment for people of all genders and sexual orientation.
We envision a community open and welcoming to all regardless of gender or sexual orientation.