Custom PS4 Dubbed "GayStation 4" Auctioned for $4,000 To Support LGBT Group

Rainbow system successfully sells for around $4,000 in an auction to benefit LGBT efforts in Sweden.

The auction for the Sony "GayStation" 4, a custom-made rainbow PlayStation 4, has ended. After more than 180 bids, the system was sold for 28,300 Swedish kroner (about $4,105), with all proceeds supporting the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Rights (RFSL).

A standard PS4 sells for $400 in the United States, £349 in the U.K., and €399 in Europe.

Specifically, the funds from the "GayStation" 4 auction will go to RFSL Newcomers, described as a network for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex asylum seekers and refugees. The console was sold through Swedish retailer Webhallen.

"For many young people, the world of games will become a refuge to escape the taunting or worse of real life," Webhallen said last month when the auction began."On Webhallen, we are gamers in heart and mind, and are keen that as many as possible have the opportunity to feel welcome and enjoy the world's largest and fastest growing interest: video games."

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Discussion

335 comments
vadagar1
vadagar1

looks neat :D but the heart kinda ruins it : /

wumpscutnut
wumpscutnut

Be gay all you want but stop associating the rainbow as your gay flag. I love rainbows and I'm not gay and as a straight man I find it offensive to be thought of as gay because I like rainbows. Maybe I should model a PS4 after myself and auction it off, I'm beginning to feel oppressed and I need attention... 

Tranula
Tranula

Are we really glamorizing ones sexual orientation on our home consoles now?  Wow! I get very proud about some of the big ole turds I leave in the toilet, so I guess I want a system with that on it.  This is about how dumb and personal this is.  WOW!  and lol they only got 180 bids for it. 

Tranula
Tranula

if I go to my friends house and see this system in there entertainment center, im going to feel so weird.  Especially if my friend, Bear gets it.  *shutter*

DuaneDog
DuaneDog

These people are far more discriminated against and have very real concerns that gays in America simply don't have. Not that I'm against gay rights in America... I'm only pointing out that this is NOT funding or the same as people asking for rights like gay marriage. 


They are trying to keep from getting put in prison or perhaps worse because they are attracted to the same. gender Even gays in America at this point are far past getting the rights that the money for this PS4 is going for. 


Imagine as a straight man a government telling you that you must NEVER be with a woman or you risk prison? I didn't 'choose' to have my eyes follow women around and lust for them. I didn't choose to feel my stomach sink or get weak in the knees around  girls when I was in jr high. I'm empathetic because I can only imagine if I had feelings like that for a boy how horrible it would have felt living in this culture that treats people so cruelly who just happen to be attracted to the same sex through no fault of their own. 


The only 'choice' is that you don't give in to that lust.  But how many straight men would give up sex with women simply because some close minded bigots don't realize how are attracted you are to them?   Very few. 


Some people are going to be gay. It has always been that way. The sooner people can accept it, get used to it and realize that nobody really chooses who they are attracted to... that is just something that happens TO you.  I could no more choose to be gay than I could choose to be 7" tall. Perhaps others believe they can choose and believe that applies to everyone. It doesn't. If you can choose to be gay then you are bi-sexual. 

swordylove
swordylove

That would look pretty good without the heart.

Vyper_54
Vyper_54

This is a disgrace. This is stupid and needs to be destroyed. And I'm die hard PlayStation. Not so much anymore.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Wow...and I've been mockingly calling this the Gaystation for years.

Vodoo
Vodoo

These guys should call Microsofts' marketing department. I'm sure Sony is loathing the idea that it's being called the 'Gaystation." But they can't say anything because it's a charity. Oh the irony...

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

They will make good use of the money to start another whine-action for no reason (like the Tomodachi story). Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against any other sexuality, race, gende ror whatever. But trying to force it in games is bad, because it is against the creative freedom of devs/publishers.

isshiah
isshiah

I'm left handed, where is all my needless attention?!

Nepti
Nepti

My name is Nepti. I am heterosexual. I have a stock black PS4. I paid $400. Any homosexual out there can remove one zero just like I did by buying a stock black PS4. Just saying.

wowwow27
wowwow27

so is that like the make a wish foundation?

shahdeewasahoe
shahdeewasahoe

Exploitation of LGBT for lesser marketing scam. They should take a look at this comment section if they think this actually supports LGBT.

bigruss51
bigruss51

I'm straight and that my friends is something to be proud of. These people asking for money so they can in the future influence my children is disgraceful. I support the Russians. The rest of the world is f$$$ up. I'm not hating on the gays for being what they are but these organizations are about much more than just uplifting those that have been insulted and maybe bullied.

johnny_rpo_315
johnny_rpo_315

Why can't we just get a regular one and call it a PS4? I don't need a raibow.

johnny_rpo_315
johnny_rpo_315

Why don't they just call it a PS4 and keep it in black? I really don't see how this will benefit other gay people.

phenomfawaz
phenomfawaz

I don't understand the whole point of this. Are LGBT's dying from hunger or something?

darkwarrior0
darkwarrior0

@Tranula No it is glamorizing the sexual orientation of the g.aystation 4, it finally came out of the closet yay.

drewpee69
drewpee69

@Tranula Why would it be weird? Id hate to call you a friend if I knew my own friend didn't have my support. Just saying tho you have a lot to learn if thats how you feel.

drewpee69
drewpee69

@Vyper_54 Oh get real, how and the heck does this affect your life. LMAO, I smell immaturity on this comment

Devil_78
Devil_78

If you are g. ay go ahead sister .

wowwow27
wowwow27

@ArchoNils2 the money goes towards taking the boobs off of the character sprites in 'sex games on the commodore 64.

TriggerManX97
TriggerManX97

@isshiah You're rights as a citizen haven't been oppressed because of your left-handedness though.

drewpee69
drewpee69

@Nepti Agreed, I am gay and I hate rainbow colors myself but If I wanted to buy a PS4 id buy a regular one and donate money to the organization rather than spending all that money for a console.

ogrynn
ogrynn

@shahdeewasahoe It was done together with RFSL which is The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights. All the money went into a project for newly arrived LGBT refugees and/or asylum seekers.

drewpee69
drewpee69

@bigruss51 Wow hurtful, how are we influencing children in a negative way hmm. I don't usually hope some people turn out of be gay as I know what its like but in your case if you have children I would like know what youd be like if one of your own children turns out to be gay. Its not something you can control if your child turns out to be straight or gay. My parents told me all the time how they can't wait for me to have a girlfriend, get married etc. and had it drilled in my head of thats how its suppse to be but as i grew older I knew I was different. My Dad always took me out to fish, watch him hunt, play sports etc. No activities that I ever did was girly. The only thing that changed was that I really enjoyed these things but my sexual prefence stayed. Also what about teenage women/men that don't want there children after having unprotected sex ended up killing the baby by dumping it in the dumpster, so its ok for people like this to have children but for two people who happen to be gay and are very stable parents can't bring up children on there own. So again another person that wants to control our lives even though it doesnt affect them in anyway. This comment has HATE written all over it.

drewpee69
drewpee69

@johnny_rpo_315 You can, no one is stopping you and its much cheaper. If you want to support LGBT just donate money to them.

ogrynn
ogrynn

@johnny_rpo_315 It raised almost 4 000 USD for a project to help newly arrived LGBT refugees and/or asylum seekers in Sweden, so I would say that it will help some gay people.

drewpee69
drewpee69

@fede018 to be honest, Im gay and will be 33 soon and believe me if you walked in our shoes you'd wanna be heard. There is to much crap that goes on in the world today and some people say its getting better but sometimes what goes on the world I beg to differ. For some reason to the people who beotch and complain about homosexuals seem to wanna control our lives even tho it doesn't affect them in anyway. I spent over half my life hoping there was a way I could change my sexuality (even I if had any attraction for women at all I would of been happy) and eventually after speaking to many people and trying all sorts of things I come to realize that I cannot change and this is who I am. I have 7 close Friends and only 1 of them is a woman the other 6 are men. I was lucky enough to know my friends except me for who I was (at first they didn't believe me as I don't move, act, walk or talk feminine, if they are just telling me that to make me feel good, not sure lol) . Not everyone has this support and if you ask me the type of people that should be dealt with are the haters either if its hating on gays, a certain race etc. these are the type of people that need to be taken care of. I am with some of these comments to, I don't like the rainbow colors at all, I want mine to be black like all the other consoles. When people stop hatin or beotchin about LGBT is when things will be normal and people will stop making a big deal out of things. And just so you know if comments like this keep coming we will continue to defend ourselves. All we want is to feel NORMAL and be judged by our actions rather than something we cannot control like sexuality or the color of our skin. Anyways thats my rant for the day :P

Tranula
Tranula

@drewpee69 @Tranula  how can I learn more about anything when I already ate the fruit from the tree of knowledge?  Besides, Its just a joke, keep your pants on.

Tranula
Tranula

@drewpee69 @Tranula  I already know everything so how can I learn more?  Just an opinion bud.  Keep your pants on.

Vyper_54
Vyper_54

this is completly un called for and un needed. lgbts think there special and need special treatment because they have a desease of the brain. its not right and shouldnt be accepted or encouraged. theres enough issues and much more important stuff to worry and deal with then lgbts.

wumpscutnut
wumpscutnut

@drewpee69  Because... their product is being called "gaystation". Regardless of what you think, people have just as much of a right not to support or agree with gay rights and homosexual agendas and some of those people are probably higher ups in Sony. It makes it look like Sony is supporting LGBT agendas and I'm sure they don't even want to be in the middle of that. 

isshiah
isshiah

@TriggerManX97 @isshiah there are references in language to the left being evil, dishonest, clumsy, shameful, wrong or unlucky. Tools and equipment are made for right handers and are risky to use by left handers. Kids were/are forced to use their right hand due to antiquated religious and social biases.


It may not be as common or recent, but it happens.

Devil_78
Devil_78

G aystation lol . Thats why i support microsoft . U should also . See the last of us this game about a lesbian hero .

drewpee69
drewpee69

@Vyper_54 Wow, "A disease of the brain", you are completely way off course. Im not gonna sit here and argue with you. If you were gay yourself then you'd know what its like. 

b1ank
b1ank

@fede018 @b1ank Keep fighting the good fight keyboard warrior! ;)

_thedude
_thedude

Why you generalizing it as only white men? Buht hurt?