Rainbow capitalism is at it’s peak, but it’s important in the world of Magic. It’s no secret that as a performance genre, the world of magic is often behind the other performance arts in what is accepted in the community at large. If I had a nickel for everytime someone said to me, “Good to see another woman in magic, we need more of those!” I would be rich.
With the rise of IDM Con ( The Inclusivity and Diversity in Magic Conference ) the past two years, it’s been interesting to see a shift in the Magic Community. Some important names in magic have quietly and not so quietly helped raise Queer voices, even when faced with some backlash from their peers. Those with more “magic points” and pull in the community do one very important thing, they stand by their beliefs all year round - not just the month of June.
So what can you do to be a supporter and ally?
1. Embrace Inclusivity: Magicians can actively work towards creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for LGBTQ individuals by using inclusive language, embracing diversity in their acts, performances, and interactions. Incorporating LGBTQ themes, characters, or references in their routines can help promote visibility and acceptance.
2. Avoid Stereotypes: It's essential for magicians to be aware of and avoid perpetuating harmful stereotypes about LGBTQ individuals. Stereotypes can reinforce biases and contribute to the marginalization of the community. By being conscious of their material and ensuring it does not rely on harmful tropes, magicians can create a more respectful and supportive space. There are still some stock lines that linger in the community that are outdated and cringe-worthy. It’s important to look at one’s script with a critical eye from marginalized populations. Always punch up, not down.
3. Educate Themselves: Magicians can take the initiative to educate themselves about LGBTQ issues, terminology, and history. By understanding the challenges faced by the LGBTQ community and the significance of inclusive language, magicians can better engage with their audiences and foster a sense of support and understanding. Pronoun use is important to many people, just like the proper pronunciation of one’s name.
4. Collaboration and Representation: Magicians can actively seek out opportunities to collaborate with LGBTQ performers, creating platforms for their voices and talents to be heard. By sharing the stage and providing visibility to LGBTQ magicians, allies can help break down barriers and contribute to a more inclusive and diverse magic community. We’ve seen a lot of commitment to diversity in magic this year, many LGBTQ magicians and performers are in leadership roles as well as staunch allies backing them up. The representation is seen and felt!
5. Support LGBTQ Organizations: Magicians can contribute to the cause by supporting LGBTQ organizations through donations, volunteering, or offering their talents to help raise awareness and funds. By aligning themselves with organizations that advocate for LGBTQ rights and well-being, magicians can use their platform to make a positive impact on the community.
It's important to remember that being an ally is an ongoing process of learning and growth. Magicians can continually strive to create an environment that celebrates diversity, challenges stereotypes, and supports the LGBTQ community through their performances, actions, and interactions. When we uphold the tenets of our fine magic organizations to create safe and friendly environments where the art of magic can flourish, I believe we all are better for it.