The effort is ongoing. I stopped by one of the local game stores that happens to also have a rainbow flag in their window, but sadly the owners were not there to talk. Their website speaks about wanting to be more community center than store, so it seems like a promising avenue. I sent them some email, haven’t heard back yet.
Also sent emails today to a couple of my local librarians to ask for help. I’m hoping they don’t read it as just “can I use your space.” I need partners on this effort, people with real ties into the community to double check that the need is real and help me get people to show up.
In the meantime, Jenn shared this with me on Facebook and it spoke to me: