Cards, but queer
Listing of inclusive Irish greetings cards
I became frustrated when shopping for greetings cards at the lack of LGBTQ+ representation and decided to make a small site to list inclusive sources that I came across for future reference. I hope that it’s a useful resource for more than just myself.
The original Twitter thread where I outlined some of the reasons for my frustration and shared the link for the first time:
Hi kitty cats!— Alan Rice (@alanmrice) February 24, 2019
Can we take a moment to talk about greeting cards and why card shopping as a queer person is the WORST?
So every christmas/birthday/whatever it's always difficult to find a card that expresses affection but does so without being super heteronormative.
After you get past gross stereotypes of men only being into sport & alcohol, you reach cards that are (not so) subtly from one gender to the opposite. When you exclude all those, the ones that remain just aren't very affectionate. You reach a point where you have 4 options left:— Alan Rice (@alanmrice) February 24, 2019
1) Generically nice typography saying "Merry and Bright", and works equally well as the card your Christmas bonus One4All voucher comes in from your employer.— Alan Rice (@alanmrice) February 24, 2019
2) "Happy Christmas to my significant other", which is not how most humans I know talk to well, their significant other.
3) Illustrated cards, like cuddly Hallmark bears with cute faces. Because being represented as ppl is asking for too much…— Alan Rice (@alanmrice) February 24, 2019
4) Novelty cards that work as an in joke, that don't explicitly express affection but imply it by referring to something that's specific to you as a couple.
None of these options are good enough!— Alan Rice (@alanmrice) February 24, 2019
Or at least they shouldn't be the only options available.
I took to Twitter at Christmas to complain yet again about this and I was told to do something about it. So here we are.https://t.co/hahAcMs6Rm is a small website that lists wonderfully inclusive Irish designed cards!— Alan Rice (@alanmrice) February 24, 2019
You can find an appropriate card for that same-sex wedding you are attending this year or a queer birthday card for a special someone.— Alan Rice (@alanmrice) February 24, 2019
We need to appreciate, platform, and support inclusive art. Doing so, we'll get more choice, break gender stereotypes, & support Irish artists.
Wonderfully cute cards exist— Alan Rice (@alanmrice) February 24, 2019
out there, here's just a few I
came across from designers
listed on the site pic.twitter.com/yA0ZIjmsiq
February 24, 2019
Online stores are categorised to make it easy to find appropriate cards for you pic.twitter.com/B25zZrloeZ— Alan Rice (@alanmrice) February 24, 2019
So yeah, check it out if you're looking for some queer cards in the near future!— Alan Rice (@alanmrice) February 24, 2019
There's a link at the bottom to a form if you know of other Irish designers who have inclusive cards.
I'd really appreciate any and all submissions/feedback.