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Justin Trudeau Got His Tongue Tied While Trying to Say 'LGBTQ2+'

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Fresh off national elections where his Liberal Party maintained a plurality of seats in Parliament, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stumbled his words (just a little bit) when defending his recording on protecting LGBTQ+ youth from conversion therapy.

“I will never apologize for standing up for LGDP, uh, LGT, LBT…” a tongue-tied Trudeau said before an off-camera aide helped him with his queer acronyms. “LGBTQ2+ kids’ rights to not have to undergo conversion therapy.”

While his innocent fumble of the acronym was amusing, some of the responses to the clip posted on Twitter were downright hilarious.

One commenter suggested a phonetic approach would help Trudeau when confused about the correct pronunciation of those pesky queer acronyms.

Another supported the rights of a certain brand of televisions.

A particularly wonky user explained Trudeau was discussing lesbian economics.

And the bilingual nature of Canadian society was highlighted in one user’s comments.

Despite his difficulties with queer acronyms, Trudeau has a proven track record as an ally of the LGBTQ+ community. He even became the first prime minister in the country’s history to visit a gay bar in Vancouver in 2019.

“Thanks to the folks at [the Fountainhead Pub] for the warm welcome today,” Trudeau tweeted at the time.

While the country and community had a good-natured laugh at the prime minister’s gaff, at least one commenter noted the real message to take away from Trudeau’s words.

Let’s just hope Trudeau doesn’t have to order a gay or lesbian bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich in public anytime soon.

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