Gays could play their own version of Monopoly in 1980s


Is there anyone who has never played Monopoly? It seems unlikely, because this game is loved worldwide both by kids and adults and has a lot of variations. And now we are going to tell you about the queerest version of this classic game.

The game appeared in 1983 and West Hollywood’s Fire Island Games was apparently responsible for it. The rigid straight-edges of the hetero Monopoly board were converted into a giant circle filled with gay landmarks. The policeman sending you to jail is replaced by a homophobic preacher sending you to ‘straight city’.
Among the destinations up for sale are Castro Street, Provincetown and our favourite: Oscar Wilde’s Waterworks.
In place of the regular Top Hat, Iron, Car and Boot sit the handcuffs, the high heel and the teddy bear – and instead of buying houses and hotels, you bought bars and bathhouses.

The box and board are peppered with homoerotic Tom of Finland artwork and filled with fabulous endorsements. One bragged: “9 out of 10 drag queens surveyed preferred GAY MONOPOLY to Brand X. The 10th one was into anything anonymous.” And another: “In recent exit polls, almost 42% correctly identified GAY MONOPOLY as a game: 17% said they had snorted it at least once and less than 20% nodded off during questioning.” Meanwhile, the guidebook makes clear: “Remember that nothing in the rules is sacred. They are not carved in Quiche. Rules are for people ‘living’ in Straight City. When you play GAY MONOPOLY be inventive like gay people always are.”

The number of copies was very limited and the game creators were immediately sued in a court of law. But the game had rather high rates and the modern LGBT community does not mind for it to be reborn in 21st century.


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