The Safe Space Initiative for Retailers (SSIR) is a program in which retailers can advance or support Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in their establishments. By fostering an inclusive environment in local game stores, Tabletop Gaymers believes we can grow the gaming community and create a more welcoming and supportive environment for current gamers.

Tabletop Gaymers is excited to partner with the Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA) in creating this program for retail stores. The program will provide resources and materials for “Friendly Local Game Stores” (FLGS) to develop and promote their equity and nondiscrimination policies, provide safe spaces for diverse patrons, and create an inclusive atmosphere that is welcoming to all.

The launch of the program (expected in Q1 2023) will consist of:

Safe Space Initiative for Retailers Starter Kit. This kit, available for purchase, will include a printed guide for retailers, promotional material, and brochures for patrons. The kit will also include buttons and enamel pins which can be given away or sold for charitable fundraising.

GamingSafeSpace.org. This website will have additional material for both patrons and retailers. All materials in the SSIR Starter Kit will be made available through the site for free, released under a Creative Commons “Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike” license, for any retailer who wishes to modify or manufacture the material directly for charitable or noncommercial use.

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About Tabletop Gaymers

Tabletop Gaymers Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion by championing the visibility and recognition of the LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, and others) community through tabletop gaming. For more information about Tabletop Gaymers, visit TabletopGaymers.org.

About The Game Manufacturers Association

The Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA) is the non-profit trade organization dedicated to serving the hobby games industry. GAMA strengthens and supports all industry professionals by advancing their interests, providing educational programs and opportunities, and promoting our unique form of quality social entertainment. For more information about GAMA, visit GAMA.org.