Level Two and New Goals.

One of the items that I need to work on now that I made Level 2 is the area of mentoring. I’ve always had a hard time finding Judge candidates, for which I mostly blame my own awkwardness and difficulty in talking one-on-one with new people, but I really shouldn’t allow that to be a crutch.
My L2 mentor gave me an idea that I thought was rather compelling: Rather then limiting myself to my regional community, which is already full of L2s who are very active in the scene and doing a fantastic job certifying L1s, I should focus on the fact that there are other kinds of communities as well. Ones bound less by geography, and more by common ties that are much more central to a person’s being.
For me, a big part of my recent life has been related to visibility and understanding of gender issues, and of LGBTIQ issues in general. I’m sure I’m not the first trans* magic judge, probably not even the first in my region. But my own personal journey is something I feel I can contribute to the judge program as a whole.
After all, there are probably a lot of folks out there who would love to become a Magic judge, but who fear that the extra visibility would make them an open target. Or maybe they just lack someone to talk to in the program that could understand some of the challenges they face.
So that’s what I want to do. I want to be someone Magic players can come to for help and advice, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation or whatever sets them apart from what they see as the norm. After all, Magic is a game that transcends all such differences, embracing them. And Magic judges are among the most understanding and accepting people I know.
Wherever you live, whatever your skill level, if you have even the slightest interest in strengthening the game of Magic in your community, or even if you just need someone to talk to to help you sort out whatever is on your mind, my inbox is always open!
(P.S. Feel free to share this wherever you like. Get the message out!)