Assembling a Team of Women at GP Cleveland

At Grand Prix Cleveland, I experienced and observed a series of firsts. I discovered Judge Love Letter, noting that four of the characters were women on staff. I ate dinner with a judge group comprised of more women than men. I encountered a Day One Team consisting entirely of women. Given the longstanding underrepresentation of women in the Magic community, my mind was a little blown. Thoughts, feelings, and ideas were spilling out everywhere, and I realized I wanted to discuss these firsts

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Program Coordinator Riki Hayashi on Diversity in the Judge Program

We recently spoke to Magic’s newest Judge Program Coordinator, Riki Hayashi. Riki lives in Roanoke, Virginia, USA, but most visibly interacts with Magic on the internet. A Level 3 judge, Riki works events about once a month, but upon occasion has a string of weekends where he attends events. Riki became a judge in 2004 after failing to make Day 2 at Grand Prix Oakland. He judged his first Grand Prix in 2007 and fell in love, making L2 in 2008 and L3 in 2009. He was briefly Regional Coordinator

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Interview: Levi Coplen on Inclusiveness

During a StarCityGames Open tournament I was very pleased to meet Levi, a deaf Magic player that currently lives in Texas, but was born and raised in Oklahoma. What types of events do you play? (FNMs, PPTQs, Pre releases, GPs) I like to play Magic at random places where they host the FNM Standard or where more Magic players are at. I like to play FNM Standard and Pre Release and sometimes PPTQs and GPs if there are available in local or state area. Do you play a lot of events? Play

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Interview: L1 Beatriz Accioly on Harassment

We recently interviewed Beatriz Accioly, a female L1 judge from São Paulo, Brazil.   Please tell us a little about you and how you felt when you came in contact with the magic community. I learned about Magic 15 years ago. I was 13 and shopping with my old sister and we went to a bookstore. While we were waiting in the cashier, I saw some boxes on the shelf and I asked to take a look. I thought it was interesting and asked her to buy it for me. It was something similar to the

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Interview: L2 Eliana Rabinowitz on Microaggressions

We recently spoke with Eliana Rabinowitz, an L2 from Southern California about her experiences as a woman in the Magic community and the concept of microaggressions. Eliana plays twice weekly and judges twice monthly at Grand Prix. Since starting with Magic in 2014, she found the community to largely be welcoming. While she recognized there was a gender disparity, she was used to it as a math major and a debater, other communities that are largely male. ”My gender did come up sometimes when

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