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:
- Contact the Lincoln City Council about an issue important to you!
- Get your games in Lincoln at HobbyTown USA at 70th & Pioneers or 33rd & Cornhusker, or in Omaha at Sparta Games
- Donate to one or or the other of Lincoln's domestic violence shelters. They resist opressive social structures.
- Get ready to vote against (or run against!) Roy Christensen in 2021! He's an at-large memeber of the Council, so anyone from Lincoln can vote and run against him.
- Prevent anti-LGBTQ councilwoman Cyndi Lamm from getting elected mayor of Lincoln in 2019.
- Check the registration date of any domain names you own. You wouldn't want to end up with an expired domain like Gauntlet Games.