Nov 27, 2012
Recently, a sub-sect of the Magic community has been getting a lot of attention. Ever since Feline Longmore won SCG: Seattle with an impressive High Tide deck, there has been a lot of talk about the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Magic community. I have been fortunate enough to be surrounded by nothing but positive and accepting (albeit insane) people that have been nothing but supportive to me. I am proud to call these people my friends… just please don’t let them know that. I have an image to uphold! Some people aren’t so lucky to have a group of supportive people surrounding them, so today we are going to talk about the #MTGLGBT community and highlight a couple of resources for LGBT Magic players and their friends to explore.
I have to say it: I was super excited to see a trans-woman win such a large event! I am not the biggest fan of the “Oh look! A LGBT community member won. Yaaaay!” mindset but I definitely felt a surge of pride on this one. Regardless of any orientation/gender combo; the fact remains that Feline piloted a great deck to a well-deserved win at SCG:SEA. I watched the streams and am impressed with anybody that can do that well in such a high level event. So now I must give an official shout out to our girl before we go any farther. Feline: Work it Girl. You played a great deck and you played it well. Enjoy the win!
I have a mixed sense of pride and shame over the reaction of the Magic community. First we will cover the pride: I am proud of everybody in the community who has stood up to support Feline and her win. You beat back the haters and showed all of us that we share a bond that goes far beyond love of the game. You rock. Accepting people as they are seems like a complete no-brainer, but the sad fact remains that it is not. Keep up the great work! You all pass as human beings. To those who decided to use this to spread hate/insults: Grow up. We are all part of the same community with one common interest; love of the game. Why on earth would you try to hurt one of your own? You don’t make me mad, I honestly feel bad for you. It must be awful to live life while carrying so much hate inside of you. But, I would rather fix a hater than hate back at them, so I offer this solution: get in contact with me and we will try to talk through your fear/hatred of the LGBT community. I don’t know what made you this way, but I want to show you the compassion that you are too afraid to show others. Maybe it will help you understand that the world is a beautiful place full of different and interesting people! Now sashay away.
In the last week two great Facebook groups full of truly amazing people have popped up: Planeswalkers for Diversity and MTGTG (links to both groups are also at the bottom of the article). These groups exist for everybody! Gay, straight, trans, and even some Canadians (Hi Trevor and Jeremy from http://boostervictim.com/) can come together in a safe space to trade stories, talk strategy, and share their experiences. I mentioned that I had a completely supportive and “don’t care what you are, just play the game” community here, but not everybody is so lucky. These groups create a very supportive community and give you a chance to discuss our super secret deck strategy. Much like traditional marriage, LGBT gamers are trying to destroy the standard environment. Be afraid.
So, what can you do? Join our Facebook groups and use our Twitter hash tag but more importantly, just be a decent human being. A lot of the fun in the human experience comes from meeting exciting and new people. It sounds like a pre-school lecture; but treat people how you want to be treated. In the immortal words of Ru Paul “If you can’t love yourself, how the hell are you going to love somebody else?”
Planeswalkers for Diversity: https://www.facebook.com/groups/491047224262608/
Twitter Discussion: #MTGLGBT
As always you can talk to me at @notevenclever on Twitter. It’s a dangerous multiverse out there, just be excellent to each other.