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Orientation Creep

I was reading, as one does of a Saturday morning, the official Toronto Pride Week website:

As part of Toronto’s 29th Annual Pride Week celebration, the LGBTTIQQ2S communities, families and friends will unveil this year’s Pride Parade on Sunday June 28th at 2 pm…

Join our International Grand Marshal, Victor Juliet Mukasa, Parade Grand Marshal, El-Farouk Khaki and Honoured Group, AIDS Committee of Toronto, as they guide the LGBTTIQQ2S communities through our amazing stories of equality, human rights, respect, diversity, honour, love and acceptance…

Join our parade facebook group to cultivate a collaborative effort between a wide range of diverse LGBTTIQQ2S communities…

Okay, I’ll bite. LGBTTIQQ2S?

Well, apparently:

LGBTTIQQ2S means “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgendered, Intersexual, Queer, Questioning, 2-Spirited…”

“2-Spirited” is, I believe, a bisexual Native-American, rather than “too spirited” as in Anne of Green Gables.

I found myself thinking of George M Cohan’s old foighting Oirish song — “H-A-double R-I-G-A-N spells Harrigan”: “L-G-B-double T-I-double Q-two-S spells . . . Luhgibettyqueuetooess?”

It’s like paying extra to get a vanity license plate, and then the DMV gives you the one they would have issued anyway.

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.

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