During DIGIPRIDE 2021, D&D publisher Wizards of the Coast will host a livestream with U.K. charity Mermaids to raise money for LGBTQ+ youth.
Wizards of the Coast, publisher of Dungeons & Dragons, announced it will partner with U.K.-based charity Mermaids for a D&D livestream to raise money for transgender youth. Mermaids, a leading LGBTQ+ charitable organization, provides support to thousands of transgender, nonbinary and gender-diverse kids and their families.
As Gayming Magazine’s DIGIPRIDE 2o21 moves into its third and final month, gamers continue to celebrate through the event’s online festivities. Attendees can see a drag show hosted by Twitch’s Biqtch Puddin’, weekly gaming streams from the Rainbow Arcade team, and panels featuring LGBTQ+ voice actors, educators and streamers. DIGIPRIDE first launched in June 2020 to work around the pandemic restrictions that cancelled in-person Pride events, and it returned this year due to last year’s success. Now, Wizards of the Coast is joining in the festivities by partnering with DIGIPRIDE organizers and Mermaids.
Gayming Magazine announced it will host a D&D charity livestream with Wizards of the Coast and Mermaids on August 19. Actress Luyanda Unati Lewis-Nyawo will host as the Dungeon Master, and the campaign will include content creator and vlogger Shaaba, YouTuber Jammi Dodger, YouTuber Rowan Ellis, politics and culture writer Jason Okundaye, and creature and character designer Charity Kase. The livestream will run on both Twitch and YouTube at 11 AM PT.
The D&D community has taken part in fundraising before. Wizards of the Coast hosted a Red Nose Day D&D stream in 2020, setting a goal of $10,000 and coming away with over $300,000 to provide aid to children around the world amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Other gaming-related organizations often take part in philanthropic efforts. Games Done Quick, a fundraising organization that raises money through speedrunning events, raised $2.7 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation during 2021’s Awesome Games Done Quick event. An affiliated event, an all-women speedrunning competition called Flame Fatales, also raised money for the Malala Fund last month.
D&D has endless personalization features that enable players to shape their worlds and characters in any way they desire, which makes it particularly suited to spaces already focused on inclusivity; its rules are dictated by its players, so it has the potential to allow anyone to join in and feel welcome. Gaming, in general, is often considered an individual pastime, but events like DIGIPRIDE 2021 and the upcoming Dungeons & Dragons livestream show it can also foster and support communities.
Source: Gayming Magazine
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