Created By: TheDruidAlchemist on April 23, 2011

Gay Cheerleaders

Name Space:
Page Type:
This trope is quite simple really. If you have a group of cheerleaders, (at least) one of them is gay.

needs a better title.


  • Glee: Kurt.
    • Santana has recently outed herself, though only to Brittany.
    • And though it's not considered cannon YMMV in the fanbase on Quinn's true sexuality...
    • Brittany. Though, some may argue she's to stupid to realize...

  • Across the Universe: Prudence's first appearance in the movie is her in an (American) Football field at what appears to be cheer leading practice singing 'I wanna hold your hand' to a fellow Wildcats cheerleader.

  • {{But I'mACheerleader}}: is this trope personified.

  • Degrassi: Paige. ([[It's Okay If It's You: though only for Alex.]])

  • the [1] movies has both played it straight and subverted this trope.
Community Feedback Replies: 8
  • April 23, 2011
    So, other than being gay, what separate this specific cheerleader from other cheerleaders?
  • April 23, 2011
    Btw you should discard few copies of this trope.

    Dunno seems not trope enough for me?
  • April 23, 2011
    ^ I went ahead and deleted them, there were no replies on them anyway.
  • April 23, 2011
    One example of an all-gay squad is in the American version of The Longest Yard, the gay inmates in the prison form a cheerleader squad.
  • April 24, 2011
    I think "gay male cheerleader" might be tropeable--writers use a male character's interest in a traditionally female activity to indicate that he is Camp Gay. But I'm not sure that gay cheerleaders in general are a trope.
  • April 24, 2011
    Isn't Brittany bi?

    There is an existing The Cheerleader trope.
  • April 24, 2011
    This seems at least related to Straight Gay. It seems to be part of a wider trope that I also haven't seen yet (new to site) that I would call something like "Too Straight to be Gay" where a character would pretend to be straight to disguise not just from others but also from themselves that they are gay. May not be found a lot in TV or literature as much as it is in "real life" since I can't think of any clearer examples than "But I'm a Cheerleader". I think this is either subversion of the Cheerleader trope or part of a bigger trope that you are sensing. Encourage you to keep mining this idea.
  • April 24, 2011
    This might just be the Token Gay of a group. In this case it happens to be cheerleaders. I wouldn't say it's a trope at this point.

    ^The description doesn't lead one to believe that is what the trope is referring to. And we actually have that, it's Armoured Closet Gay.