JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA — The leading LGBTQ organization for youth in Northeast Florida has promoted a card game with different illustrations of penises and scrotums for teens as young as 13. Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network, known by its acronym JASMYN, posted a photo on Instagram Wednesday that showed playing cards with sketches of penises and scrotums of varying shapes and sizes.
JASMYN deleted the post shortly after The Florida Standard requested comment. Wednesday was not the first time JASMYN has posted the game on their Instagram, however. Pictures of the same game were posted on June 25 with the caption: “SaturGayz at Jasmyn!! Come play board games with Zy and Christina! We’re here until 3pm today! Free HIV testing, Jimmy Johns Sandwich, bus passes, and safe space! #jasmynjax”
According to the JASMYN website, SaturGayz is every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month for youth ages 13-24. The Florida Standard asked JASMYN if they required anyone under 18 to be accompanied by a parent and those over 18 to provide a valid ID showing proof of their age. JASMYN did not respond.
A PENIS CARD GAME FOR 13-YEAR-OLDS
The card game is called Dick Match. Amazon calls it an “adult party game for players ages 18 and up” and blurs out the drawings in the product gallery giving shoppers a preview of what’s inside the box.
Pictures of the game included in JASMYN’s post reveal that most of the cards have a nickname label alongside the drawing of a penis, scrotum or both – although one card shows a man’s anus with the text “HOLE-IN-ONE.”
True to the LGBTQ movement, the graphic drawings represent a wide array of diversity, including different skin colors, pubic hair, size and age. One card, called “EN GARDE!” shows two erect penises touching each other. Another, called “PEEK-A-BOO” features a limp, uncircumcised penis.
Additional nicknames visible in the photo: DUKE OF WELLINGTON, SLEDGEHAMMER, STEVE’S FRIEND, ANTONIO, BIG TONY, SAD SACK, TURTLE, THE PEACEMAKER, CORKY, THE PROSPECTOR, CHUCK, SHAFTED, YOU’RE WELCOME and HOMEWRECKER.
Rather than describing each card, readers can look at the below photograph for themselves if they so choose.
JASMYN AND DUVAL COUNTY SCHOOLS
Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) supports JASMYN. Public records show DCPS has funneled $180,000 to JASMYN from July 2019 to September 2021 through a Division of Adolescent Sexual Health (DASH) grant. JASMYN was also listed on the DCPS LGBTQ+ Support Guide as a local resource for students.
DCPS did not respond to a request for comment.
VyStar Credit Union and the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, prominent business based in Jacksonville, are both major sponsors of JASMYN.
The Florida Standard contacted both the Jaguars and VyStar, asking if they thought the card game was appropriate for young teens. No formal response was given, but a secretary for an executive at one of the companies responded with a single-word email that said: “Seriously?????”
Former Jacksonville Jaguars owner J. Wayne Weaver and his wife Delores Barr Weaver were highlighted as donors in JASMYN’s 2020 annual report. Mrs. Weaver is quoted in the donor spotlight, saying, “Watching JASMYN flourish and knowing the impact of having them in our City has been a great reward of our philanthropy.”
JASMYN’S NATIONAL NETWORK
JASMYN is a partner organization with the National Alliance of GSA Networks. GSA was founded in San Francisco in 1998 as the Gay-Straight Alliance, but has since changed to the Gender & Sexualities Alliance Network.
“GSA Network is a next-generation LGBTQ racial and gender justice organization that empowers and trains queer, trans and allied youth leaders to advocate, organize, and mobilize an intersectional movement for safer schools and healthier communities,” their website states.
GSA Network’s “Vision for Liberation” states that the organization is “working to strengthen the national movement-building capacity at the intersection of LGBTQ+ youth organizing and racial and gender justice in schools, and develop the next generation of LGBTQ+ leaders, particularly low-income youth and youth of color in California and nationally.”