A new documentary airing on Logo aims to squash gender stereotypes by entering the fabled realm of legitimately straight men living in traditionally gay culture.
Premiering June 10, “Gay Lives of Straight Guys” will introduce viewers to the seemingly mind-blowing phenomenon of straight men who do stereotypical “gay-guy” stuff despite having no sexual interest in men. It chronicles the lives of men riding “the sexual divide” in order to find a “new emotional freedom,” and it features way more skin than you’d think.
Judging by the trailer, it’s a pretty standard docu-reality film with a very specific subject: One is a hairstylist, another is a fashion designer. There’s “a straight guy working at a gay bar,” a straight married man who works in a gay gym, a straight guy on a gay football team, and even a straight guy who’s simply friends with a gay guy.
If you inhabit a progressive outpost like San Francisco, there’s probably nothing too revolutionary about any of this: Surprise, gay men and straight men can be friends! Straight men can pass for queer! (Sometimes it is, in fact, possible for us all to get along.)
But in the context of American culture in general, this is a new and challenging way to live. For decades, men have been raised to reject anything gay — or, at the very least, to enforce the separation of gay and straight worlds. It’s nice to see those separations break down.
In general, everything about this seems good, although Logo is maybe not the most constructive channel for it to be on. It would be a game-changer if it were on Spike, or even (God help us) TLC. But if it’s on Logo, it’s probably only going to be seen by queers, right?
Then again, maybe not. After all, that’s just the sort of assumption that this show is breaking down. We’ve always assumed that gay guys are the only ones watching Logo, but maybe there’s a bunch of open-minded men-who-have-sex-with-women who are watching as well.