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Parents of bisexual teen create LGBT playing card deck | VIDEO

FINDLAY, Ohio -- The parents of a bisexual teen have created a deck of playing cards that is intended to educate about the LGBT community.

The family is trying to raise money on KickStarter.com to get the project off the ground.

B.J. DeLong, the creator of the card deck, calls its "a playing card deck celebrating the diversity of the LGBT community."

He explains the project below:

Last year, our teenage daughter came out to her mother and I as being bisexual. We have always fostered an open atmosphere as parents so the ease with which she told us did not come as a surprise. Looking back now, I can safely say I was more surprised in her absolute certainty and the matter-of-factness with which she told us. This was not a choice. This was not a phase. This was her saying, "This is who I am."

Our daughter took what I consider an even braver step earlier this year when she decided to come out to the world on her social media networks. Knowing that you have loving parents is one thing...being a teenager that is willing to put herself out on the internet to be judged by her peers is a whole different story. I admire her bravery and courage (as I know it has not been easy for her.)

Being the type of parents that we are, my wife and I decided to look for ways to show our daughter support and to become involved as a family...and so, the LGBT playing card deck idea was born. We did not want to simply make a regular deck of cards, throw a rainbow flag on the back, and call it a day. Instead, we approached the idea as a learning and growing experience.

We sat down and researched the history and the symbols associated with the LGBT community; their meanings, their origins, and the ways they are used by each group. It became apparent fairly early on that we would be able to dedicate each suit to a different group of the LBGT community.

Starting out, each suit has a LGBT symbol inside the suit's symbol. Next, each suit's Ace and Face Cards are symbols associated with the sexual orientation they represent. Finally, we did away with Jokers and advertising cards and dedicated these four cards to explaining the origins and meanings of each symbol represented in the deck.

Our hope for this deck is to not only give the LGBT community a set of playing cards which celebrates diversity but that also has the ability to open lines of communication which may have otherwise been closed. A deck that can be used to take pride in one's sexual orientation or a deck that can serve as a learning and educational tool for friends, family members, and allies. A deck that brings understanding. A deck that can bring us all together.

DeLong says that to start out the project his family researched the history and the symbols associated with the LGBT community, their meanings, their origins, and the ways they are used by each group.

"It became apparent fairly early on that we would be able to dedicate each suit to a different group of the LGBT community," DeLong wrote.

In the deck, each suit has a LGBT symbol inside the suit's symbol. Next, each suit's Ace and Face Cards are symbols associated with the sexual orientation they represent. Finally, the DeLong's did away with Jokers and advertising cards and dedicated these four cards to explaining the origins and meanings of each symbol represented in the deck.

The artwork for the deck has been created and once enough funds are raised, the DeLong family will submit the art files to the US Playing Card Company, which owns and manufactures Bicycle® branded playing cards.

The DeLong family are trying to raise $10,000 by Friday, June 7.

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