Homogenius! The Gay Answer to Trivial Pursuit
May 11, 2007
By Dylan Vox
Do you know in which film Karen Black played a transsexual? How about from where the saying "friend of Dorothy" comes? Well, if you don't, you better brush up on your gay history and fun facts because in the tradition of Trivial Pursuit, although no affiliation, there comes a new game called Homogenius that asks questions and introduces trivia tidbits that pertain solely to the gay community. The game offers a refreshing and interesting way to incite conversations and learn more about the gay community.
Homogenius™ is the creation of the Trani family from Manhasset, New York, who thought of the concept while playing regular trivial pursuit with an openly gay member of their family. I know what you are thinking, and the answer is yes, the family's last name is actually Trani, which only lends to the brilliance behind the inception of a game that celebrates gay culture and explores the contributions that gay personalities have made to theater, music, movies, TV, publishing and politics. The mother of the clan, Marianne Trani would often gather her family around the dining room table to play board games, and her gay brother Charles Cardillo often pulled up a chair to join in with his nieces Allison and Chris. At first, in a joking way, the girls would add a gay oriented response to their questions in order to amuse their Uncle Chuck. "So a question that began with 'What famous person' became 'What famous homosexual'" Allison Trani told the Republican in an interview about the game.
The game play banter became a tradition in the household and as the girls began to delve more into gay culture, they discovered an entire world of trivia and facts pertaining to the gay community and decided to create a board game of their own. Allison came up with the initial idea and Mom Marianne began to do the research. Now, fifteen years later, Homogenuis is finally ready for a mass market. Chris Trani, who took over the role of marketing and promotions, set up the website and has pushed the concept to a wider audience at pride and other gay events, but hopes to be able to appeal to a general audience in hopes that the game can also act an entertaining teaching tool for people to learn about gay culture.
The gay community loves it, but we want it to go mainstream because it's not just for gay people," Chris Trani relayed in her interview with the Republican. "Everyone can and should play it."
According to the website the object of the game, which comes packaged in a stylish trunk-like box, is to "come out of the closet" by correctly answering a series of gay trivia questions in two categories: Rumor and Potpourri. The first person to step completely out first wins. The facts and information within the questions of the game are not just entertaining, but also educational. Some questions will even stump the most knowledgeable historian of gay facts.
The game includes over 350 gay trivia and question cards and was named one of the Most Innovative New Board Game of the Year by Toy Directory Monthly. In conjunction with Gay Pride Month, the Trani's have announced a special promotion and will sell the game for $24.99, a ten dollar discount from it's original price.
The Trani's are also donating 10% of the proceeds from the sale of the game to benefit the GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation). GLAAD is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, and proceeds from the game will help support their efforts.
It is a great cause, and it is inspiring to see people working to help educate the public about gay history. Leave it to the Trani's to create an entertaining way to give back to the community.