Limited edition Pride deck contains queerful, bilingual question prompts…
By Jumol Royes
A new queer trivia card game hopes to keep LGBTQ2+ themed conversations going not just during Pride, but 365 days a year.
The Connect Deck: Pride Edition contains queerful question prompts created by and for queer folks and their fierce allies. Each card in the deck is “meant to inspire connections that educate, entertain, reduce stigma, and increase understanding of the beautiful facets of the vibrant queer community,” according to the product description.
The limited edition, made-in-Canada, queer trivia card game is the latest release from Montreal-based brand, Happy Tears. The company co-creates feel-good tools for mindful living in partnership with a loyal community of followers. Its current product line includes pullovers, cross body bags, backpacks and more, all available in a range of cheerful colours.
“As a queer entrepreneur, I was inspired to create a Pride-themed version of the Connect Deck that would encourage more conversations around queer-related themes for the queer people in my community as well as year-round allies,” says Happy Tears creator, founder and chief-of-joy, Brandon J. Roy.
“I involved queer people in the process to respectfully create 100 bilingual question cards as well as 20 queer history/queer people of history prompt cards, from Drag Race-themed questions to facts about LGBTQ2+ homelessness in Canada.”
Happy Tears donates five per cent of proceeds from each purchase to one of three organizations of your choosing: Rainbow Railroad, a global not-for-profit helping LGBTQ2+ people escape state-sponsored violence, Ocean Wise, a not-for-profit whose vision is a world in which oceans are healthy and flourishing or Jack.org, Canada’s only charity training and empowering young leaders to revolutionize mental health in every province and territory.
“The ultimate intention of this game is to continue to make strides in our fight towards equality for everyone in the LGBTQ2+ community,” shares Roy.
The Connect Deck: Pride Edition retails for $35.00 and can be purchased online at happytears.ca.
JUMOL ROYES is a Toronto-area storyteller, communications strategist and glass-half-full kinda guy. He writes about compassion, community, identity and belonging. His guilty pleasure is watching the Real Housewives. Follow him on Twitter @Jumol and on Instagram @jumolroyes.