Gay (5e Background)

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Whether you're a bard who just likes to swing the other way or a monk who bats for another team, this background has you covered. You can finally have a system to be gay in a D&D campaign, not that there's anything wrong with that!

Skill Proficiencies: Persuasion and Performance

Tool Proficiencies: Jeweler's tools

Languages: Thieves' cant

Equipment: Jeweler's tools, a letter from a loved one, a rainbow insignia, and 15 gold in a pouch

Feature: Man Lover[edit]

Based on your sexual orientation, you have advantage on Insight checks telling the orientation of the people around them. If they are gay like you, you have advantage on Persuasion; likewise, if they are gay against you(i.e. You are a man, and they are a lesbian) you have disadvantage.

Suggested Characteristics[edit]

d8 Personality Trait
1 I may be a little mad around men.
2 I am shy around others.
3 I am a leader, brave and boring.
4 I am a star in community theater.
5 I must stay the greatest among all others.
6 I wish to not be gay.
7 I will do anything for my lover.
8 I am the only one who can love men, all others must fall.
d6 Ideal
1 Friends. I will befriend others like me. (Good)
2 Foes. I will beat anyone who stays in my way. (Evil)
3 Political. There are laws that limit me, and I must break them down. (Lawful)
4 Sex. I wanna smash. (Chaotic)
5 Survival. I don’t care for other gays, however I will help myself. (Neutral)
6 Strength. I will be a pillar for all gays out there. (Any)
d6 Bond
1 My friends are the greatest allies.
2 I can never stand bigotry, not against me or others.
3 I must find out why I am gay.
4 Someone was taken from me, someone I miss.
5 My family once forgot me, and I must make them proud.
6 My only quest is true friendship.
d6 Flaw
1 I wish not to be gay, and wonder why I have been forsaken.
2 I am shy, and get flustered around big men.
3 I was once religious and now can’t stand the sight of it.
4 I hate gays, including myself.
5 I hate people of the opposite sex.
6 The world is unforgiving, and I refuse to forgive it.

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