From a clinical psychologist, NYC:
As a licensed clinical psychologist with extensive experience working with adults, adolescents, and children in the United States and internationally, including having maintained a private practice in Manhattan for several years along with positions in educational and health care settings, I am convinced that a game like Rainbow Quest! would be a valuable resource to recommend to my LGBT clients and their families, as well as to my professional colleagues.

Even in cosmopolitan settings like NYC, any of the programs and events of interest to the LGBT community find a limited audience and have a relatively narrow focus.  By contrast, Rainbow Quest! is thoroughly researched and expansive, comprising hundreds of years of LGBT culture, history, and milestones that are so important in fostering a healthy LGBT identity, and in promoting attitudes of appreciation and support for LGBT populations, but which remain  virtually hidden from history.

There have been other LGBT themed games, but answering trivia questions can be tedious.  Rainbow Quest! solves that problem by presenting a variety of activities within the game to keep it lively, engaging, and fun.  Instead of guessing the right answer to multiple choice questions, players may have to do a charade to communicate "Stonewall," draw a picture of "lesbian moms," share recollections of a first date, or tell a coming out story.  The level of meaningful dialogue is unmatched by any other game or diversity training tool. It is fascinating to see the transformation as players develop a level of comfort in discussing topics of importance to them in ways they have not experienced previously.

Support groups may scratch the surface of contemporary LGBT-related concerns, but Rainbow Quest! stimulates richer, deeper consideration of the obstacles and accomplishments of the LGBT community. No matter who technically wins the game, all players emerge having shared and listened in ways that foster understanding and friendship.  Players who think they know all there is to know about the LGBT community are quickly humbled to realize how much they've yet to learn, and the most timid players find their voice and confidence within the span of just a few rolls of the die.

Rainbow Quest! is a fun, transformational and uniquely powerful and effective
resource for every therapist, diversity educator, and Gay Straight Transgender alliance. 

It is my pleasure to give my highest recommendation for the inclusion of Rainbow Quest! in educational and therapeutic settings, in community centers, in GLBT organizations, in GLBT-affirmative religious institutions, and among a broad range of individuals and families in the United States and around the world. The opportunity to become more aware and more sensitive, while also having fun and building deeper connections within and across communities, is unparalleled.

Sincerely,
Shanee Stepakoff, PhD; Clinical Psychologist & Adjunct Professor, California Institute of Integral Studies (San Francisco)

From an avid LGBT table-gamer, Philadelphia, PA:
"Outstanding Achievement:

1. The design and presentation top notch including the concept: from the closet to the heart…darkness to light… just magnificent!
2. The introduction letter, the rules, the writing moved me personally because the intention of why you brought this to life was clear.
3. The fact that you have nailed the LGBT journey and your intention to save lives makes this stranger's heart swell with gay pride.
Best of luck to you guys and god bless on bringing your vision to life.
Sincerely,
Jeffrey Cohen;" workshop leader: "Recovering From Internalized Homophobia", NYC

"Rainbow Quest! is the most fun I have had in a very long time!  What a wonderful creation.  I have shared the link to Rainbow Quest! with our youth program coordinator. What a wonderful game! I have real concerns that the amount of time we spend communicating electronically will have long term negative effects on our health and the ability of future generations to communicate in person.  There is something to be said for breaking bread together and sitting in the same room together!"-- Rich Couch, Project Coordinator, Maine Health Equity Alliance


"Congrats on putting together Rainbow Quest!  As I said in my notes to Kevin (Jennings, former Assistant Deputy Secretary for the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools at the U.S. Department of Education, GLSEN founder, & Executive Director, Arcus Foundation) it's quite evident that many hours of research and planning went into it and I applaud your dedication to this concept....Rainbow Quest is much more focused on targeting the educational market which will utilize the game to educate younger (and older!) people about LGBT history, movies, music, icons and empower gay boys, girls, men and women to embrace their sexuality in a positive manner... I'm sure you'll have no problem promoting and selling this game to your target market. I wish you all the best." --- Richard Geritts,creator and producer of CBS TV game show Celebrity Name Game, and board game Identity Crisis


Every GSTA and LGBT social support group should have this as a resource to provide a quick ‘out of the box’ activity that is socially engaging, highly interactive, effortlessly educational, and satisfyingly fun. -- Dr. Brian Kaufman, Former Co-chair, GLSEN Southern Maine


I'm as gay as it gets, but this game really kept me on my toes!  -- Dr. John B., Chicago, IL. Podiatrist and former gymnast


I work on Broadway and see theatre all the time.  It was so refreshing to be together with other gay men playing a game where we all had so much fun and sometimes got a fabulously theatrical -- but there was no 'gay drama.' -- David K., NYC, Theatre Manager


This game is 'uber' fun!  -- Josh. J., Asbury Park, NJ.  Uber driver


I thought I'd rather lock myself in my room than play a gay game with my Dads, but whoa!  Playing Rainbow Quest! with them was better than reality TV! -- Sean S, Oceanside, NY, High School freshman


I went to a few of the Gay Straight Alliance meetings and they just weren't very much fun, and people seemed really shy -- but when we got to play Rainbow Quest! it was the most fun we ever had together. I can't believe how much I already knew about LGBT history, and how much I learned, too! -- Abbagail H., Farmington, ME, college Freshman


If you need your spine adjusted, see me.  If you just need your attitude adjusted, play Rainbow Quest! -- Jeff. R., Ocean Grove, NJ, Chiropractor


Finally, a board game with an LGBT theme that my husband and I can play with our 13 year-old and his friends! -- Allen S.,  Merrick, NY,  Party Planner


This is an historic breakthrough in fun and educational LGBT games -- no horrid stereotypes, no salacious content, and plenty of substantial content spanning ancient to pop culture.  -- Howard S., Bowdoinham, ME, History Professor


So much laughter and so much fun.  A definite immune-system booster! --- Duane M., Georgetown, ME, Registered Nurse


You'll want to brush and floss before you play this game, because you'll be smiling til it hurts! -- Lee N., Roslyn, NY, D.D.S.


I thought I knew the guys at the gay men's retreat pretty well, but I don't think I ever felt quite this comfortable with them until we played a round of Rainbow Quest! together. -- Freddy F., Greenwich, NY, Program Director


I came out pretty late in life so most of this is new to me, but I learned so much and had such a great time in the process! -- Steve R., Bangor, ME, SAGE member


Its nice to see a well-thought out LGBT board game that includes so much culture and history, but my favorite part is when the other players have to either act out or draw things for us to guess.  I also like that sometimes you don't have to do anything other than share a personal story to move ahead in the game. -- Dan W., Temple, ME, Performer


I was amazed to find this circle or relative strangers at the conference negotiating their own game rules, encouraging each other with each roll of the dice, singing song snippets (in harmony!!), sharing radical moments of their past, and becoming fast friends in one short hour of the game.  The bonding of new buddies was palpable!  M. Swinger, Augusta, ME, Workshop leader and nationally recognized entertainer


Instantly increases the value of any home in the gayborhood! -- Terry B., Gardiner ME, Realtor


If you like to play right, play Rainbow Quest!  You can trust me, I really am a playwright! --  J. Julian Christopher, Ph.D., NYC, Professor of Theater


As a Log Cabin Republican I'm often 'closeted' about my political allegiance around other gay people, so I was hesitant to try what I thought might be 'just another LGBT celebration of liberal ideology.'  To my surprised delight, Rainbow Quest! was tons of non-partisan fun, and it didn't tax me. Well done, Rainbow  Quest! -- Aloysius Q., Brick, NJ, Claims Adjuster

With Rainbow Quest!, it really DOES get better!

As we reassure LGBT youth, 'it gets better,' we now have a real tangible tool to ensure that it really DOES get better!  Every time you play Rainbow Quest!, you educate and elevate yourself and your community at the same time. 

When you play this madcap game, review and learn about contemporary milestones in LGBT pop culture and history and even build interpersonal skills and relationships

  • Roll the dice to land on one of the nine rainbow spaces and follow the instructions on the color-coordinated card you pull from the box. 
  1. 1. Will you have to draw a picture?

  1. 2. Communicate through pantomime?
  • 3. Answer a trivia question?
  • 4. Invite the other players to guess how you'll respond in a hypothetical situation?
  • 5. Disclose something about yourself to others?
  • 6. Identify the source of an LGBT quote?
  • 7. Advance or retreat along the board when your fate lands you in an 'Un-Pink-Able' situation?!
  • 8. Land in the closet and share a coming out story to get out!
  • 9. Land on the 'rainbow' and you get to choose your challenge!

 

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