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2nd Feb '18 11:18:55 PM GeorgeT-SLC
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Gay men who marry The Beard do this generally as [[ArmouredClosetGay an elaborate refusal to come out of the closet]]. They "prove" it to themselves and others that they are not gay because they have a wife ([[SexlessMarriage that they never touch]]) so they [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday most definitely are not leading a gay lifestyle]]. Other times, it's an open arrangement with the wife in order to abide by social standards, sometimes the wife herself may be a lesbian.

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Gay men who marry The Beard do this generally as [[ArmouredClosetGay an elaborate refusal to come out of the closet]]. They "prove" it to themselves and others that they are not gay because they have a wife ([[SexlessMarriage that they never touch]]) so they [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday most definitely are not leading a gay lifestyle]]. Other times, it's an open arrangement with the wife in order to abide by social standards, standards' sometimes the wife herself may be a lesbian.
28th Jan '18 11:18:21 AM DaibhidC
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* Inverted in ''[[Literature/NurseryCrime The Fourth Bear]]'': a prominent gay-rights MP confesses that his same-sex relationship is a lie, and [[ComingStraightStory he's actually straight]], but his partner knows the truth.
5th Jan '18 8:16:54 AM nighttrainfm
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-->'''Hundred:''' You have to understand, my mind sometimes makes...makes tactical decisions before the rest of me -
-->'''Suzanne:''' Oh, cut the bullshit. Just tell me, completely off the record, ''are you gay?''
-->'''Hundred:'''...Do you mind if I come inside? ''(he goes in, [[DoorClosesEnding the door closes.]] [[TheUnReveal End of issue]])''

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-->'''Hundred:''' You have to understand, my mind sometimes makes...makes tactical decisions before the rest of me -
-->'''Suzanne:'''
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'''Suzanne:'''
Oh, cut the bullshit. Just tell me, completely off the record, ''are you gay?''
-->'''Hundred:'''...
gay?''\\
'''Hundred:'''...
Do you mind if I come inside? ''(he goes in, [[DoorClosesEnding the door closes.]] [[TheUnReveal End of issue]])''
23rd Dec '17 7:15:14 PM nombretomado
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* In the {{Emberverse}}, [[ManlyGay Rigobert de Stafford]] and his wife [[LipstickLesbian Delia]] are beards for one another in the neo-medieval (and extremely homophobic) Portland Protective Association. She even refers to him as "my dear beard" in a letter. Thanks to a turkey baster, they have several children together. Meanwhile, Delia is in a monogamous relationship with Lady Tiphaine d'Ath.

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* In the {{Emberverse}}, Literature/{{Emberverse}}, [[ManlyGay Rigobert de Stafford]] and his wife [[LipstickLesbian Delia]] are beards for one another in the neo-medieval (and extremely homophobic) Portland Protective Association. She even refers to him as "my dear beard" in a letter. Thanks to a turkey baster, they have several children together. Meanwhile, Delia is in a monogamous relationship with Lady Tiphaine d'Ath.
21st Dec '17 12:56:54 PM Killerweinerdog
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* Depending on the player's characterization, the spouse of the protagonist in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' could potentially fall into this realm. Unlike the past games in the series where the protagonist's origins are only vaguely framed ("Vault Dweller", "Tribal", or "Courier"), Fallout 4 establishes that the protagonist is in a heterosexual marriage and has a son, meaning that anyone wishing to play their character as homosexual would likely rely on this trope. Of course, given that the game takes place in a 2077 that has the social sensibilities of 1950s America, it makes sense that homosexual people might "fake" being straight to avoid ridicule.

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* Depending on the player's characterization, the spouse of the protagonist in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' could potentially fall into this realm. Unlike the past games in the series where the protagonist's origins are only vaguely framed ("Vault Dweller", "Tribal", or "Courier"), Fallout 4 establishes that the protagonist is in a heterosexual marriage and has a son, meaning that anyone wishing to play their character as homosexual would likely rely on this trope. Of course, given that the game takes place in a 2077 that has the social sensibilities of 1950s America, it makes sense that homosexual people might "fake" being straight to avoid ridicule.
ridicule.[[note]]Though one scene during the chaos of trying to find cover from the impending bombs is an apparently lesbian couple (and an interracial couple) embracing in their final moments, possibly hinting that not ''all'' the social sensibilities of the 50's carried over.[[/note]]
12th Dec '17 3:45:04 PM nighttrainfm
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* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Buffy and Willow both play the beard for Xander in one scene in "Teacher's Pet" in order to protect his ego.

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* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', * ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
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Buffy and Willow both play the beard for Xander in one scene in "Teacher's Pet" in order to protect his ego.
22nd Nov '17 6:20:32 PM jamespolk
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%%* ''Film/INowPronounceYouChuckAndLarry'' (2007) features this trope as its central concept.

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%%* * ''Film/INowPronounceYouChuckAndLarry'' (2007) features this trope as its central concept.concept. Two men that aren't gay get gay-married for health insurance.



* ''Green Card'' features this as the central concept. The main characters marry each other, the man in order to receive a green card to stay in the US, the woman in order to move into a desirable NY flat that is for married couples only.

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* ''Green Card'' ''Film/GreenCard'' features this as the central concept. The main characters marry each other, the man in order to receive a green card to stay in the US, the woman in order to move into a desirable NY flat that is for married couples only.
31st Oct '17 10:25:03 PM jimmythebass
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Not to be confused with GrowingTheBeard, where a show significantly improves at some point; with the PlayfulHacker of a technology startup, which consists (so they say) of The Beard and The Suit,[[note]]the Beard, to handle the technology, and the Suit, to handle the business side… and to [[CloudcuckoolandersMinder stop the Beard from walking into traffic or excitedly explaining his proprietary secrets to the first person who expresses an interest]],[[/note]] or with Brian Wilson of the San Francisco Giants, whose nickname is The Beard. Or with [[GoodHairEvilHair tropes about facial hair.]]

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Not to be confused with GrowingTheBeard, where a show significantly improves at some point; with the PlayfulHacker of a technology startup, which consists (so they say) of The Beard and The Suit,[[note]]the Beard, to handle the technology, and the Suit, to handle the business side… and to [[CloudcuckoolandersMinder stop the Beard from walking into traffic or excitedly explaining his proprietary secrets to the first person who expresses an interest]],[[/note]] or with Brian Wilson of the San Francisco Giants, whose nickname is Giants or James Harden of the Houston Rockets, who are both nicknamed The Beard. Or with [[GoodHairEvilHair tropes about facial hair.]]
8th Oct '17 2:03:04 PM LinguaViva
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* In Reinaldo Arenas' memoir ''Literature/BeforeNightFalls'', Ingrávida Félix agrees to marry Reinaldo in an (ultimately unsuccessful) attempt to protect him from being arrested and sent to a concentration camp for his homosexuality.
26th Sep '17 10:26:11 PM Pichu-kun
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* Implied to be why Prince Schneizel of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' keeps appearing with Nina Einstein in public - as his aide and brother drop very big hints about his true sexuality. Of course, Nina herself is [[PsychoLesbian desperately in love with]] the prince's little sister...

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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'':
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Implied to be why Prince Schneizel of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' keeps appearing with Nina Einstein in public - as his aide and brother drop very big hints about his true sexuality. Of course, Nina herself is [[PsychoLesbian desperately in love with]] the prince's little sister...



* Light in ''Manga/DeathNote'' pretended that Misa was his girlfriend in order to A) appear more normal and B) convince Misa to help him kill L. He also told his mother and sister that he had a girlfriend before he met Misa, as an excuse for being out of the house so often.
** In fact, during college, he used at least four or five other girls (one of which was the infamous Kiyomi Takada) for this purpose, either [[{{Polyamory}} with]] [[YourCheatingHeart or without]] their knowledge. Takada later plays this role unknowingly, after being duped by Light into thinking she'd become the Goddess of Kira's NewWorldOrder.

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* Light in ''Manga/DeathNote'' pretended that Misa was his girlfriend in order to A) appear more normal and B) convince Misa to help him kill L. He also told his mother and sister that he had a girlfriend before he met Misa, as an excuse for being out of the house so often.
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often. In fact, during college, he used at least four or five other girls (one of which was the infamous Kiyomi Takada) for this purpose, either [[{{Polyamory}} with]] [[YourCheatingHeart or without]] their knowledge. Takada later plays this role unknowingly, after being duped by Light into thinking she'd become the Goddess of Kira's NewWorldOrder.



* In ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'', Cuuko uses Mahiro this way in order to drive off her cousin Cuune, who wants to drag Cuuko home to space and [[LesYay marry her]]. This is mostly PlayedForLaughs, with Mahiro and Cuuko's poor attempts to look lovey-dovey that ''still'' trigger ClingyJealousGirl reactions in both Cuune and Mahiro's own LoveInterest Nyarko. It stops being funny when after a whole day of watching this, combined with Mahiro's unintentionally harsh response when she begs him to call it off, sends Nyarko into a HeroicBSOD and later leads to an AnguishedDeclarationOfLove.
** Note that while Cuuko is attracted to Nyarko, the fake relationship isn't to hide her homosexuality[[note]]or bisexuality, since she starts developing feelings for Mahiro[[/note]] as is usually the case with this trope. According to Nyarko herself, their two races are mortal enemies and if word of Cuuko's crush became public it would destroy her family's reputation.

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* In ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'', Cuuko uses Mahiro this way in order to drive off her cousin Cuune, who wants to drag Cuuko home to space and [[LesYay marry her]]. This is mostly PlayedForLaughs, with Mahiro and Cuuko's poor attempts to look lovey-dovey that ''still'' trigger ClingyJealousGirl reactions in both Cuune and Mahiro's own LoveInterest Nyarko. It stops being funny when after a whole day of watching this, combined with Mahiro's unintentionally harsh response when she begs him to call it off, sends Nyarko into a HeroicBSOD and later leads to an AnguishedDeclarationOfLove.
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AnguishedDeclarationOfLove. Note that while Cuuko is attracted to Nyarko, the fake relationship isn't to hide her homosexuality[[note]]or bisexuality, since she starts developing feelings for Mahiro[[/note]] as is usually the case with this trope. According to Nyarko herself, their two races are mortal enemies and if word of Cuuko's crush became public it would destroy her family's reputation.


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* The ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11503149/1/ The Alphabet Story]]'' has Elsa in a SecretRelationship with a woman named Kyra due to same-gender couples being illegal in Arendelle. Kyra eventually becomes engaged to a man named Ludvig, [[spoiler:which causes her and Elsa to break up]]. The fic ends [[spoiler:a MaybeEverAfter between Kyra and Elsa]].
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