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A Gay Pride Parade in the Grant Theft Auto game. Yes, Its happening

Grand Theft Auto's Gay Pride

14 July 2016
By Alan Frank - QL USA

No doubt many of us have idled away countless hours playing Grand Theft Auto V, probably while letting off steam or just generally letting our emotions loose on a world which do not seem to mind the mindless carnage of its cyber citizens.

A dedicated clan of GTA 5 gaymers — working in collaboration with Stockholm Pride and the Swedish advertising agency Garberg — have designed a mod that sends a good and proper gay Pride parade through the mean streets of San Andreas: The mod was partially conceived as a tribute to the many victims at Pulse, the Orlando-based gay club where dozens of innocent Americans were gunned down last month.

Sometimes good intentions can result in problematic moral dilemmas and we at QL certainly won't be playing the game with the same amount of vigor we used to.

While we’re sure their hearts are in the right place, it’s easy to argue that Grand Theft Auto is perhaps one of the most improbable — perhaps even inadvisable — franchises to incorporate a Pride parade into its gameplay.

The reason is quite obvious to anyone who knows what the Grand Theft Auto games are about.

During a game we drove a truck down Verona Beach Boardwalk, mowing down dozens of beach bums, tourists, and street entertainers with three squad cars hot on our trail. That was just before we chased a Mack Truck down the highway, crashing into innumerable commuters and mowing down loads of innocent pedestrians - just for "fun". It's all part of the game isn't it?

Imagine what fun your average Westboro Baptist Church member would have with a Gay Pride Parade handed to it on the proverbial silver platter.

Be that as it may, Christian Valtersson, president of Stockholm Pride, said this about the mod:

"The message of love and equality is always needed and we are happy that players get to host their own Los Santos Pride Parade. It has been wonderful to get to cooperate with such creative and talented people as the ones who made this idea into reality.”

Awwwkwaaaard! The mod (currently only available for PCs) can be downloaded HERE!

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