This ‘Simpsons’ Phone Game Got Super Queer-Friendly in Time for Pride
If you’re playing the free phone game The Simpsons: Tapped Out, you may have noticed a content update last month for Pride season. On July 5, the game added a new Pride 2017 update with quests based on the Season 22 Simpsons episode “Flaming Moe.” (Not the one where Moe steals the cough-syrup cocktail recipe from Homer. “Flaming Moe” sees Moe and Smithers convert Moe’s Tavern into “Mo’s,” a gay bar.)
And what’s more, they tapped (pun intended) author Laura Albert to help write it. Albert is perhaps better known as her literary persona JT LeRoy — a gender-fluid, teenage male sex worker who frequented truckstops. Albert’s works as LeRoy, including Sarah and The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, received a ton of literary attention.
In The Simpsons: Tapped Out, Homer has accidentally destroyed Springfield in a nuclear meltdown. You play as Homer, and you must rebuild the town. On the way, you can partake in different side-quests to get cash and XP. The game is written by the show writers — though, as in this case, they sometimes bring in outsiders to help.
The game’s Pride update adds a few new characters, including Homer’s gay roommates from the episode “Three Gays of the Condo,” Grady and Julio. There are also a few new locations from Springfield’s gay neighborhood — places like Armistead’s Mopeds, the Sconewall Bakery and The League of Extra-Horny Gentlemen.
The game comes with two free missions, plus five more for premium users. The first, “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems” involves Homer using the Ladies’ Room at Moe’s due to a long line for the men’s. When Helen Lovejoy finds out, she calls the police — leading Springfield to pass its own bathroom bill.
The second free mission stars Grady, Julio and Smithers figuring out how to defeat the bathroom bill. They enlist Lisa to help collect signatures. Along the way they teach Homer what it means to be transgender.
Unfortunately the update ended on July 18, but you can find all the dialogue on the meticulously updated Simpsons Wiki.