Gauntlet Games is a game store in Lincoln, Nebraska. One of the store's owners is Lincoln City Councilman Roy Christensen. Christensen's public views are homophobic and misogynistic:
- He describes gay marriage as an "assault on marriage" and an "assault on our society"
- He is strongly libertarian, but somehow his concern with liberty stops short of allowing women to make their own reproductive decisions
- He believes that "all of our political documents have their roots in the Bible" and thus aims to impose his religion on his constituents
Roy Christensen's personal beliefs are not an acceptable basis for governing a tolerant and pluralistic society. They are also incompatible with the welcoming environment that creators of games seek to create. Dungeons & Dragons includes queer characters because it is committed to collaboration and working through differences. The creators of Magic: The Gathering know that fantasy can open up new worlds for anyone of any gender or race.
Games ask us to collaborate to imagine new worlds. Do we want to incorporate the oppressive structures that we see daily, including in our politicians, into our fantasies? Well, check out this fantasy:
That is an actual image shared on social media by Gauntlet Games.
Instead of shopping at Gauntlet Games, you could:
- Check out these queer tabletop game resources!
- Contact the Lincoln City Council about an issue important to you!
- Get your games at HobbyTown USA or Sparta Games
- Donate to one or both of Lincoln's domestic violence shelters
- Run against Roy Christensen in 2021
- Vote against anti-LGBTQ mayor candidate Cyndi Lamm
- Check the registration date of any domain names you own! You wouldn't want to end up with an expired domain like Gauntlet Games