10 Games You Need to Play to Celebrate Gay Pride

If your style of gaming is more low-key and less cutting edge, bring it back to basics with Gay Monopoly.

That is, if you can find a copy. 

This tongue in cheek version of the classic Monopoly board game is a celebration of gay life. 

Altered player tokens now include: a Jeep, a teddy bear, a blow dryer, a leather cap, handcuffs, or a stiletto heel. Properties have been changed to fit the gay theme (e.g. Fire Island and Castro Street). Instead of buying houses and hotels, you can buy bars and bathhouses, and the colorful money denominations include $3.00 bills.

"One departure from the original Monopoly is the inclusion of Family Pride cards. When landing on the appropriate space, the description of a famous gay man is read aloud, and the player who can correctly identify the person can move ahead to any space on the board. Also different is the addition of Camp Cards. When these are drawn, you must perform the indicated action (ie. 'say: 'faaabulous!' six different ways and receive $3). Finally, there are "hanky code" cards, where the player must identify what each color of the code meant, and what it meant when worn in each (left and right) rear pants pocket."

The reason you'll probably have a very hard time finding a copy of these (and no, it's not because of the Westboro Baptists) is that rumor has it only a very limited number of copies were ever made. 

Produced by The Parker Sisters, a division of Fire Island games, the company was sued for copyright infringement by Parker Brothers and is no longer in business.

Published Jul. 2nd 2015

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