Out Loud Greetings Offers Adorable Cards for Same-Sex Couples
It goes without saying that there is a serious lack of equality down the greeting card aisle at your local store, which is why I always get overly excited when I hear of stationery companies making an extra effort to create designs that are inclusive. Started by Ryan LeMere, Out Loud Greetings is a small greeting card business in Brooklyn, N.Y., that started when LeMere couldn't find any cards suitable to send his long-distant boyfriend. “I realized the only cards I wanted to, or really could, give to him were ones i made myself.”
“There is a real lack of authenticity in the world of same-sex greeting cards and I think it's about time that my boyfriend and I can walk into a store and not feel alienated by the lack of choices we have on the shelves,” continues LeMere. “Right now we don't really fit in anywhere.”
The whimsical illustrations cover occasions such as weddings, anniversaries and everyday love. “The cards are about celebrating love, diversity and partnerships of all backgrounds,” says LeMere. “I believe whole-heartedly that the cards we produce are something the community does not have enough of and that their exposure would mean so much to many people.” Coming from a wedding guest‘s point-of-view, the more options I have to choose from to congratulate my just-married friends that aren't rainbow-colored or dull, neutral greetings, the better.
Out Loud Greetings is hoping to take it to the next step of the printing process by showcasing at stationery shows and producing on a much larger scale. To help the small business grow, they've created a Kickstarter campaign to raise awareness and funds for the company.
As a lover of all things wedding and a fierce cheerleader for marriage equality, I decided to marry my two passions and create a resource where all couples—gay, straight and lesbian—can be equally represented. Armed with seven years in both print and online lifestyle journalism, I dove headfirst into this passion project in 2013 and Love Inc. was born.
I’m inspired every day by the couples that grace our pages, from the can’t-live-without-you grasps to the gentle sweeping away of a happy tear, the love that they so clearly have for each other is intoxicating, and drives me to create the best product possible … while enjoying every second of it.