I love this deck. Finally a gay specific Tarot deck. People who criticize this deck for it's "gayness" and say "why do we need a Gay Tarot?" clearly don't get it. The traditional Tarots (Marseilles, Rider-Waite, Thoth) and all of their clones and copycats are so full of heterosexual symbolism that many gay folk (myself included) are often tired of having to re-interpret the cards from a gay perspective.
The Gay Tarot by Lo Scarabeo goes so much further than any deck before it...beyond a simple addition of Same Sex Lovers cards...EVERY card in this deck comes from a gay male perspective. And it takes it one step further by embracing as many facets of the gay male community that it can.
It is diverse in its representations of the gay male community...showing different ages, body types, careers, spiritualities, and masculine and feminine traits. It explores pride celebrations, coming out, making love, grieving, commitments, families...it makes a genuine effort to show as much diversity as it can, in a very modern world.
The artwork is very "comic-bookish", and may cause people to have a knee-jerk reaction...shrugs, laughter, eye-rolls, etc. But despite the fact that some of the images are a little too comic-like...there are many that seem to work as well. Particularly the Court cards...the Guides and Sages are beautiful cards to me, as well as the cards that represent families, gay kids, gay parents...truly awesome.
I thoroughly enjoy picking up this deck and just studying each image from beginning to end...joining in and celebrating the life journey of my gay brothers exhibited in this deck, and being reminded that I am not alone.
This deck is to be cherished...and should really be looked at more thoroughly by those who laugh it off or claim it's not diverse enough in its representations.
A major step. Bravo Lo Scarabeo!