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->''"Hey, a free drink is a free drink, baby."''
-->-- '''[[Series/BurnNotice Sam Axe]]''' on infiltrating a {{gay bar}}.

[[HoYay Ho Yay[=/=]Les Yay]] is a same-gender relationship that seems to be more than 'just good friends'. FoeYay is when two people seem to be more than just ''mortal enemies.'' FauxYay is when a character pretends to be homosexual for some reason, or acts in a homoerotic or romantic way with someone else of the same gender as themselves.

One of the most common flavors is when two girls [[HoYay start kissing and acting a little too friendly]] just for the sake of [[GirlOnGirlIsHot gratuitous titillation]], which in real life is known as "club lesbianism" due to party girls often doing this at the CoolestClubEver.

This does not count if the homoeroticism is unintentional or the result of a [[ThreeIsCompany misunderstanding]]; only if it is a contrived 'performance' for some reason. Almost always leads to fleets of {{shipping}}.

In Music, this is referred to as "Stage Gay", while in the sex trade (including pornography) it is known as being "gay for pay". Not to be confused with NoYay. Can overlap with SorryImGay, but not necessarily; SorryImGay refers specifically to situations wherein the excuse is used and rarely kept up as a facade. A specific subtrope of this is GayBravado, wherein characters (usually male) make loaded, homoerotic comments and suggestions to one another with the intention of appearing more macho and secure in their completely heterosexual orientation.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Ayame Sohma of ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' is practically the incarnation of this trope: he wears feminine clothes, speaks in a stereotypically "gay" manner, crawls into bed to cuddle with an unwilling Kyo, and constantly exchanges sexually-charged banter with Shigure that implies [[KissingCousins more than cousinly affection]]. Despite this, he's actually quite straight. He has a girlfriend and business partner he adores (Mine Kuramae, the local seamstress and {{Meganekko}}), and his constant flirting with Shigure turns out to just be a mutual gag they use to bug people (and in Ayame's case, [[spoiler:perhaps to discourage the family head from having sex with him).]]
* Twins Hikaru and Kaoru from ''Manga/OuranHighschoolHostClub'' [[GenreSavvy intentionally exaggerate their "brotherly affection"]] to cater to their {{twincest}}-loving YaoiFangirl clientele. PlayedForDrama later on, when the reason supplied for their "unnatural" closeness is an inability to open up to other people.
* ''VisualNovel/RumblingHearts'' - Takayuki, in Episode 1.
* Itsuki of ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' says he's this in the novels. Whether you believe him is a matter of preference, so far.
** Supported by [[spoiler:alternate reality Koizumi being attracted to Haruhi (which may still apply in the 'real' world) and hanging out with her over it.]] Buuut shot down a little in that he only gets... flirty... with Kyon when she's not around anyway. Plus the whole 'heart's desire' thing in Snow Mountain Syndrome.
*** No-one actually explains ''why'' people saw who they did in Snow Mountain Syndrome. It could just be [[spoiler: Yuki]] making sure they remember the shape. [[spoiler: Of course, that would take out all the {{Shipping}}.]]
*** [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Possibly Itsuki was lying to mess with Kyon.]]
*** The girls also have fun with each other, but are only really romantically uncomfortable with Kyon. (And not Itsuki.)
*** Also, in the spin-off gag series ''{{Haruhi-chan}}'', Kyon's [[CrowningMomentOfFunny declaration of love to Itsuki]] is entirely a joke on Kyon's side. Too bad [[TheEndoftheWorldAsWeKnowIt Haruhi took a second to realize it.]]
* Shimazaki in ''Anime/OnegaiTwins'' falls somewhere between this trope and BiTheWay.
* ''Manga/PeacemakerKurogane'': Saitou, while he may or may not actually be interested in men (who knows with him?), is willing enough to pretend to be for information.
* In ''Manga/SetoNoHanayome'', the class president pretends to be a lesbian who's in love with San after she botches a LoveConfession to Nagasumi. When you confess to someone, you ''really'' should make sure you're talking to the right person.
** Nagasumi pretends to be gay for Masa, to avoid letting him regain his lost memories.
* Usui from ''Manga/KaichouWaMaidSama'' has this with Yukimura. He frequently playfully harasses the poor boy with innuendos and such. And that was after stealing his first kiss.
* In'' Manga/{{Nichijou}}'', Mai convinces Yukko that she's [[SchoolgirlLesbians starting to develop feelings for her]] for all of two minutes before revealing that [[TheGadfly it was just to see if she could get a funny response]].
* In ''Anime/{{K}}'', Yashiro Isana explaining things he got from Kuroh as being from "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny his wife]]", with Kuroh threatening to cut out his tongue.
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' once had a subplot where the second Ice did this towards Fire, as well as reforming herself to look like the original Ice. It turned out that Ice was purposefully trying to make Fire uncomfortable so that Fire would realize that she wasn't the same person as the first Ice, a now deceased heroine who had been Fire's best friend.
* In ''{{X-Force}}'', newcomers Phat and Vivisector pretended to be lovers because they felt their teammates were getting a disproportionate amount of media attention. This all gets turned on its head when they conclude that they really ''are'' gay... but not actually attracted to one another. They stay friends, though.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* The eponymous character from [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2636980/1/Uzumaki_Harry Uzumaki Harry]] starts doing this towards Snape in Chapter 13, mainly to mess with everybody's heads.
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[[folder:Film]]
* The French film ''Film/TheCloset'' features the main character trying to save his job by pretending to be gay and suing for discrimination, involving photoshopping his head onto images of homosexual men being intimate.
** The entire scheme is concocted by his neighbor [[spoiler: a man who was fired from the same company years earlier for actually being gay.]]
* The main character in ''Folle d'elle'', aka, ''What I Did For Love'' pretends to be homosexual so he can share an apartment with a woman he's interested in.
* Creator/MelGibson's character in ''Film/WhatWomenWant'' tries to save a girl's feelings by telling her that he is gay, and that this is why he never called her back.
* The entire plot behind ''Film/INowPronounceYouChuckAndLarry''.
* ''Film/AmericanBeauty'': Ricky tells his father that he is a male prostitute who services other men to get him riled, after discovering that his father would rather him dead than homosexual.
* In the movie edition of ''Film/{{Clue}}'' (a.k.a. Cluedo), one of the characters does this. [[{{WMG/Clue}} Possibly]]...
%%* 2004 film ''Strange Bedfellows''.
%%* ''Three to Tango''.
* In the Bollywood movie ''Dostana'', Sameer and Kunal pretend to be a gay couple in order to score an apartment. They both fall for the same girl [[spoiler:but neither gets her]]. The end leaves a little ambiguity as to how [[HoYay much of their act is fakery.]]
* In ''AmericanPie 2'', two girls act physically intimately in order to 'have fun' with the boys by [[GuyOnGuyIsHot making them do the same]], despite revealing at the end that they do in fact both like men. They are not actually in a relationship and it's left open to interpretation whether they're actually also interested in women, or just very comfortable with each other.
* The girls in ''Film/CoyoteUgly'' play-act physical intimacy as a part of their bar-dancing. Later in the film, when Violet thanks Cammi for a good bar-tending tip by jokingly professing "I think I just fell in love with you.", Cammi breezily replies, "Oh, Violet, I'm not a lesbian. I played in the Minors, but never went Pro."
* ''Film/BoatTrip'' has this as its basic plot.
* ''Partner(s)'' features a heterosexual man who moves in with his gay friend and is mistaken for gay. He goes along with it for a chance at a a big name case with a man who claims gay discrimination. [[spoiler:it turns out to be a double FauxYay as the man who claimed discrimination was seen kissing a woman in the final scenes of the movie]]
* In Billy Wilder's ''The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes'', Holmes pretends that he and Watson are a gay couple in order to fend off a Russian ballerina (and, apparently, believer in eugenics) who wanted him to father her child. Watson, meanwhile, tries to flirt with the ballet dancers, only to discover that [[HilarityEnsues word has spread]].
* In ''Film/KissKissBangBang'', the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin actually gay]] "Gay" Perry [[FakeOutMakeOut pulls the straight Harry into a passionate kiss to prevent the nearby policemen from realizing that they're hiding a body in a car trunk]]. Harry is not amused.
* In ''Film/KickAss'', after it becomes rumored that he's gay, Dave decides to go with it so that his crush will be comfortable around him. Once he reveals he's straight, she's even more enamored with him (unlike the source comic, where [[RealityEnsues she gets extremely pissed off at his manipulating her and she kicks him out]]).
* In ''Freshman Orientation'', (basically the same thing as in ''Film/KickAss''), a freshman in college pretends to be gay in order to score the girl of his dreams.
* In ''Film/PlanB'', the very straight Bruno pretends to be interested in his ex Laura's reportedly bisexual boyfriend Pablo as part of a convoluted scheme to win her back. [[spoiler:Then it becomes not so faux after all when Bruno realizes that he's [[BecomingTheMask become genuinely smitten with Pablo]].]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Confessions Of A Married Call-Girl'' discussed the idea of heterosexual sex workers engaging in homosexual actions to please the clients.
* ''Candy Girl'', the memoir of a woman who worked as a stripper for a year, claims that strip clubs are usually quite cold to encourage the girls to stand close together and encourage the appearance of lesbianism.
* ''Literature/TheDayOfTheJackal'' - the eponymous character pretends to be gay to sneak past French security, counting on their being homophobic and thus not bothering to look closely.
** In the remake ''The Jackal'', the eponymous character needs a safehouse so he picks up a hapless gay guy in a bar. The gay guy later ends up [[BringOutYourGayDead dead]].
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', at one point Harry tries to get inside Thomas's apartment while Thomas is out but gets caught by security. To keep suspicion off him, Harry pretends to be a heartbroken ex-lover who is mad that Thomas isn't taking responsibility for their baby (a dog). It works because Thomas's cover among humans is a CampGay hairstylist.
** Also, Thomas plays it up when he overhears Butters accidentally [[MistakenForGay think that Harry is gay.]] This irritates the crap out of Harry.
* In the thriller ''One Of Us'', an actor has used this to [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity achieve notoriety]], with everyone arguing over whether he has the right to stay in the closet. Upon discovering proof that he visits female prostitutes, the hero informs him, "Your lack of a secret is safe with me."
* ''Callgirl'', a memoir of a woman who worked for some time as an 'escort', describes one night when the woman was doing a double night with another prostitute. As the writer was on her period that night, the other woman claimed that she wanted the writer all to herself. The two of them played up the lesbian routine so well that the agency was complimented for 'sending real lesbians'.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' toys with this trope on occasion. In season two, Joey and Chandler pretend to be a homosexual couple in order to retrieve Ross' baby from the transit authority. Later, Rachel and Monica "kiss for one minute" to win their apartment back from the boys.
* Dr. Cox and Ben play Gay Chicken in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''.
** Also from ''Scrubs'', The Todd walks the line between FauxYay and AnythingThatMoves, with a possible side of CompensatingForSomething. In the episode where he "reveals" that he's a gay man who has been deeply closeted, he explains at the end that this was all an act because [[FagHag gay guys get all the chicks]]. However, in other episodes, he seems to fall anywhere on the spectrum from really secure heterosexual to FauxYay to AnythingThatMoves, according to the {{Rule of Funny}}.
--> '''Janitor''': What are you?
--> '''The Todd''': I'm The Todd.
** While not done intentionally, Turk and JD often act in a very intimate way with each other, parodied in the MusicalEpisode with the song, ''Guy Love''. This is somewhat ironic as both characters have been shown to be a tiny bit homophobic (an entire episode is devoted to Turk's homophobia in season 3).
* In ''RizzoliAndIsles'' the two main characters pretend to be more than friends to discourage an unwanted suitor of Maura's (he, of course, suggests a threesome). This was so popular with the show's fanbase that the man has since become a recurring character so that Maura and Jane have to pretend to be gay repeatedly.
* In one episode of ''NotGoingOut'', Lucy thinks she's offended a gay man she fancies, so she gets her flatmate to pretend to be gay so she can show how tolerant she is:
-->'''Lucy:''' Oh come on! I'd do the same for you! I mean, I can't think of any situation in which me pretending to be lesbian would help you at all...
-->''(Lee [[GirlOnGirlIsHot sinks into thought]])''
-->'''Lee:''' No, me neither.
** This one has an extra layer to it as the guy Lucy thought she'd offended wasn't even gay himself. [[SorryImGay He'd said that to spare the feelings of a woman who was attracted to him]].
* The Australian proto-reality show ''House From Hell'' offered a monetary incentive to the first housemates to have sex in the house; in response, two of the female contestants invoked this trope, faking a sexual experience to get the cash.
* An early ''Series/{{Mash}}'' episode involves Hawkeye trying to get some leave in Tokyo by telling a visiting psychiatrist that he has a homosexual crush on Major Burns.
** Another early episode has Hawkeye telling a visiting soldier (played by LeslieNielsen) that Frank has a crush on ''him''.
* On ''ThreesCompany'', Jack pretends to be gay to be allowed to share an apartment with two female roommates.
* On ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', Norm had a side job as an interior decorator and pretended to be gay in order to keep a client.
* The Season 7 ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' episode ''Out With Dad'' involved Martin pretending to be homosexual on Valentine's Day, in order to stave off the advances of Frasier's date's mother. This being ''{{Frasier}}'', a FawltyTowersPlot ensued.
* Hardison and Eliot in ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPx1L7hYpLQ "No -- no, I -- I am with. him."]]
* This is a ''huge'' part of the humor of ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway''
* ''TheMightyBoosh'': After Dennis the Head Shaman catches Vince with his wife, Vince uses this to avoid getting his head cut off, and has to live with the short-term fallout. In a variation, while Vince and Howard weren't in a relationship, they're both [[BiTheWay bisexual]], have intense HoYay in virtually every scene, and it's been hinted Vince has had a secret crush on Howard since as early as series one.
* In the HighSchool [[GraduateFromTheStory Graduation]] episode of ''UnhappilyEverAfter'' CampGay[=/=]GayBestFriend Barry outs himself as straight - he just acted gay so he could hang around hot chicks.
* On ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', Jerry and George are written up in a newspaper article as a gay couple (NotThatTheresAnythingWrongWithThat!). This particularly upsets George, until he realizes it's the perfect excuse to break up with a woman he wants to quit seeing.
* A ''WKRPInCincinnati'' episode had Johnny buying a condo with a surprise windfall. He very soon wants out of the cloying surroundings of 'Gone With The Wind Acres', but signed an ironclad contract. The condo board very quickly lets him go, though, when he affects a very flamboyant manner with his 'partner' Venus.
* On ''Frank's Place'', Bubba Weinberg takes Frank as a guest to his parent's house on the holidays, and to Frank's surprise and chagrin acts like they're a couple. Afterward Bubba tells Frank his plan worked and his mother raised no objections at all to the latest lady friend he'd brought over.
* Happens frequently on ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' between "very special agents" Tony [=DiNozzo=] and Timothy [=McGee=].
* The first ''{{Blackadder}}'' series has an episode where Blackadder is due to marry an ugly Spanish princess and, following Baldrick's advice, attempts to get out of it by swishing around in effeminate clothing and makeup. The plan backfires when the princess assumes he's trying to please her by [[NationalStereotypes imitating a Spanish man.]]
* Craig Ferguson on the ''Late Late Show'', played for laughs.
* ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'': In the midst of canvassing for suspects, Lake and Finn get MistakenForGay. Instead of trying to explain the situation Lake just smiles, puts a hand on Finn's leg and squeezes.
* Moss [[FakeOutMakeOut makes out]] with Roy [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_a375fMUzVc&feature=fvw twice]] in one episode of ''Series/{{The IT Crowd}}'', in an attempt to hide from passing police cars.
* TV personality and interior decorator Christopher Lowell is actually straight, but ExecutiveMeddling compelled him to {{Camp}} up his behavior on screen, because the executives thought [[ViewersAreMorons viewers wouldn't accept]] [[DoubleStandard a male interior decorator]] [[UnfortunateImplications who wasn't gay]].
* ''HopeAndFaith'' - Faith puts her sister Hope as a "domestic partner" so she can get an apartment as part of a fundraiser for lesbians.
* This is the whole plot driving force in the first story arc of Colombian series ''Series/LosCaballerosLasPrefierenBrutas''.
* In an episode of ''Series/HappyEndings'', straight dude Dave kisses his best friend Max to convince Max's parents that they're dating and save him from being set up with other guys by his mom.
** Inverted in another episode, [[StraightGay Max]] is mistaken for straight, but keeps up the charade to get awesome concert tickets from his fake girlfriend.
* Stiles on Series/TeenWolf tries to do this so that he won't have to [[{{Masquerade}} explain]] to his [[{{Muggles}} dad]] (who is also [[TheSheriff the sheriff]]) that he and his friend Scott happened to end up in a [[WhereEverybodyKnowsYourFlame gay club]] because they were chasing a [[OurMonstersAreDifferent creepy, homicidal lizard monster]]. It doesn't work.
-->'''Sheriff Stilinski:''' Not exactly your type of club.
-->'''Stiles:''' Uh... Well, dad, there's a conversation that we need to-
-->'''Sheriff Stilinski:''' You're ''not'' gay.
-->'''Stiles:''' Wha- I ''could'' be!
-->'''Sheriff Stilinski:''' Not dressed like that.
** Earlier, in season one, Scott is banned from attending the HighSchoolDance due to his falling grades. When he goes anyway, Coach Finstock sees him and raises hell - so he drags his StraightGay classmate Danny onto the dance floor to make the coach's outburst look like a homophobic tirade.
* On ''FreshMeat'', accusations of homophobia make Oregon think she should [[ExperimentedInCollege experiment while at university]]. While JP [[GirlOnGirlIsHot eggs her on]], AmbiguouslyBi Vod points out that "[[DefiedTrope kissing a girl for the benefit of straight guys doesn't count]]", so she decides to do it somewhere more private.
* ''AsTheWorldTurns'' has Casey pretend to date Luke (who is gay) so that Ameera, the [[CitizenshipMarriage wife of Luke's boyfriend Noah]] could stay in the country. This was to provide an excuse for Luke to be around Noah without it seeming like Noah's marriage was less than legitimate.
* An episode of ''{{Series/House}}'' has a neighbor assume that House and Wilson, who have just moved into a condo Wilson bought, are gay. This is rather disconcerting to Wilson, who was attempting to hit on her at the time. House camps it up (for example, he orders a huge ''AChorusLine'' poster and opens it excitedly in the hallway when the neighbor is walking by) to screw with Wilson and also as part of a rather convoluted plot to have sex with the pretty neighbor himself.
* ''{{Community}}'' - Britta makes a big show over getting a lesbian friend, and to show how open-minded she is, goes to the Valentine's dance with her. However, [[spoiler:the other girl is also straight and thinks Britta is gay, and is also showing off]] - they up the ante by dancing together and initiating very awkward kissing before they find out the truth about each other.
* In ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', Sherlock very quickly deduces that Molly's [[CampGay new]] [[TheBeard boyfriend]] Jim is ''[[TransparentCloset obviously]]'' gay, pointing out several tell-tale signs as well as the fact that he ''slipped him his number''. However, it later turns out that "Jim from IT" was really Moriarty, pretending to be gay in part to be BeneathSuspicion, but mostly because he enjoys [[{{Troll}} trolling]] him.
* A couple of episodes of ''Series/{{Psych}}'' have Shawn and Gus pretending to be a gay couple as part of the investigation. Although Shawn does seem quite eager to embrace the role...

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[[folder:Music]]
* KatyPerry's "I Kissed A Girl".
* BritneySpears and {{Madonna}} at the MTV Music Awards.
** ChristinaAguilera was there and got a kiss from Madonna too. But no one remembers that.
** Madonna, by all indications, is BiTheWay. Christina is quasi-openly bi, and there have been rumors about Britney with Jenna Jameson at one point.
* Girl band {{Tatu}}, [[AuthorAppeal because their manager wanted to make a profitable gimmick out of it.]]
** Similarly, Music/TheVeronicas, who play up the {{twincest}}.
* The VillagePeople. Note that some group members were straight and others ''were'' gay.
* Possibly DavidBowie; over time, he has gone back and forth over what his sexual orientation is. That said some of his characters, most notably Ziggy Stardust, ''were'' definitely gay or bisexual.
* Mexican singer and showman Juan Gabriel is ''very'' famous for his CampGay stage antics. He never mentions his ''real'' sexual orientation, however.
* Music/FrankieGoesToHollywood gained notoriety and coverage using the gay vibe. Of the five of them, only Holly Johnson and Paul Rutherford were actually gay.
* Nick Cave and Blixa Bargeld. Sung the duet [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7S7GwYJAJQ Where the Wild Roses Grow]] with Blixa in the female role, as Music/KylieMinogue (the usual other singer) was unavailable. One time, they went [[http://morgansmusings.files.wordpress.com/2007/06/nick_cave-blixa_bargeld_kiss.jpg further]]
** Not to mention Blixa's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHHiKE2QqRw live cover]] of Peggy Lee's "Johnny Guitar."
* {{Gackt}} knows how to feed his fangirls, as evidenced by this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xr1iujcd3-A live version of Vanilla]].
* While the men of BarenakedLadies are happily married dads, that didn't stop guitarist Ed Robinson and former lead singer Steven Page from occasionally dancing together and stage kissing.
* Bands engaging in Stage Gay at various times include: PanicAtTheDisco, MyChemicalRomance ([[http://pic37.flodeo.com/photos/37/AE/AJ/CheMiiCaLeRaWaYiieRo/10017598-11875808.jpg 1]], [[http://www.so-bad.net/lj/mcrp/45.gif 2]])(the gayest members of which have all now married hot women, go figure), [[http://www.freewebs.com/emo_guys_kissing/bertquinn.jpg The Used]]...
** In recent years, pretty much every male-fronted band without a macho or wholesome image to keep up will do this. Thank DavidBowie.
** A recent instance is [[http://s111.photobucket.com/albums/n134/LambyToes/?action=viewĄt=peteffwardtogodownonbden.gif this]] from the A & K Acoustic event involving FallOutBoy frontman Pete Wentz and [[PanicAtTheDisco Panic! at the Disco]] frontman Brendon Urie.
* Despite relatively little actual stagegay, Swedish band The Ark have a ''lot'' of songs about gay rights and gay sex, considering that all are straight except for the frontman, who's bi and married to a woman.
* JimiHendrix, aware that many people [[{{Mondegreen}} misheard]] the "Purple Haze" lyric "'Scuse me while I kiss the sky" as "...kiss this guy," would playfully point at Experience bandmate Noel Redding when performing the song live. On at least two occasions he even mimed kissing him.
* Oshare band AnCafe are fond of Stage gay, especially the original members (Bou and Miku particularly).
* Being {{Fanservice}}: The Musical Genre, VisualKei is practically joined to this trope at the hip. So when one of VisualKei's founding fathers ([[Music/BuckTick Atsushi Sakurai]] decided to do a live cover of FauxYay posterboy David Bowie's Space Oddity, there was pretty much no chance that he ''wouldn't'' wind up dry-humping the guitarist in the middle of the song.
* Kurt Cobain made out with the other members of Music/{{Nirvana}}. He reportedly did so to piss off homophobic people, and to keep them from coming to Nirvana's shows. The band famously did this after performing on ''SaturdayNightLive''. ''SNL'' censored the kissing for repeat broadcasts.
* Captain Ahab built a name on having this as their stage persona.
* MindlessSelfIndulgence frontman James "Jimmy Urine" Euringer was known for this, first as shock, (there exists footage of him making out with a male audience member, knocking him over, and then teabagging him) then for humor, where he would pull off the CampGay archetype as a gag.
* [[{{Britpop}} Suede]] used this in their stage act and songs like "The Drowners", about a male-on-male seduction. May have been angling for GuyOnGuyIsHot appeal.
** Brett Anderson notoriously described himself early in the band's career as a "bisexual who's never had a homosexual experience". Whatever that means...
*** That he's attracted to men but never actually had a sexual encounter with one?
* MileyCyrus, who championed gay rights for many years, has dabbled with this trope from time to time, in television performances and live appearances, at least since 2010. The 2013-14 ''Bangerz'' tour is filled with FauxYay, from flirty/suggestive moments with her female dancers to kissing KatyPerry in the audience of a show.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Goldust. Just, Goldust. When he was debuted, his gimmick was a way over the top CampGay "movie star" who fixated entirely on Razor Ramon, who was the Intercontinental Champion at the time. He played mind games all throughout their feud, selling that he may just be infatuated with the uber-manly Ramon, so far as to start calling him "The Naughty One" (Razor was also known as "The Bad Guy"). All of these antics culminated in their title match, where Goldust freaked Razor out enough to pin him. Afterwards, Goldust tongued his valet (and real life wife) Marlena, showing everyone he was, indeed, straight and played Razor for a sap.
** It didn't fully go away, the character basically "just acted that way," including outright trying to kiss male competitors mid-match and such. Especially in his later "unstable" phase where he came out in varying costumes as ___Dust, half the time it was something along the lines of semi-cross-dressing [[MarilynManson MansonDust]]. After his time in the spotlight faded and he was in and out (pun not intended) of the company, the character has boiled down to "Dustin Runnels in gold-and-black facepaint".
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[[folder:VideoGames]]
* ''Underground 2'' featured stage lesbians as PitGirls.
* This is part of Joshua's act in ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' as he flirts with Neku. Given [[spoiler:the whole Composer thing]], it's pretty clear that Joshua just [[JerkAss wants to make Neku uncomfortable]].
* Max Galactica hits on Phoenix Wright ("You've stolen one of my hearts!" when Phoenix pulls an Ace of Hearts from his deck) in ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney''. However, the flamboyant camp performer's persona masks [[spoiler: a Southern-fried country boy.]] However, Max seems to prefer CampStraight to CampGay.
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[[folder:VisualNovels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/LuckyDog1'', this is a recurring shtick for Gian and Bernardo who love to engage in playful flirting with each other, especially when they have an audience (i.e. Ivan). Depending on whether Bernardo's route is taken or not however, the faux part might change into [[HoYay something else entirely]] in the second and third parts of the game.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Inverted in ''PennyAndAggie'', when at a party, Cyndi publicly makes out with Daphne, a lesbian who's been established as desperate for a partner, and then turns to tell Marshall that she's essentially straight; Daphne is visibly hurt at this, and later insights into Cyndi's character (including that she most certainly does like girls, Sara in particular) suggest that hurting Daphne was her primary goal.
** In the sequel series ''{{QUILTBAG}}'', Lisa was accused of this when she kept bringing up her then-current relationship with Stan and then thrown out of a party for a lesbian sorority. In fact, she was bisexual.
* [[http://www.shortpacked.com/blog/2006/03/06/lesbian This]] ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'' strip, with Amber shanghaied into attempting to throw off an unwanted admirer with faux-lesbianism.
* Jodie from ''Webcomic/{{Loserz}}'' utilizes this technique to attract guys [[http://the-qlc.com/loserz/go/59 here]]. It's probably a bit easier for her, since she's also attracted to women.
* ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'': It appears that Mistress's guard corps is largely straight, but the two guards in [[http://www.oglaf.com/night-shame/1/ this strip]] clearly don't really care.
* In an ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' Q&A session, Lisa theorises that [[GenderBender Elliot]]'s '[[GenkiGirl party form]]' would do this to put on a show for the guys, despite probably not being a lesbian. This is largely based an event where Lisa (an actual lesbian, or at least bisexual) was on the receiving end of a one-sided version during college, and thought it was for real before having her hopes dashed when her admirer left with a guy she'd attracted via the Faux Yay. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Not that she admits to it, of course.]]
** Played with later. At a party, two girls are [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1637 quite clearly doing this]], but a [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1644 later strip]] shows them making out much more comfortably in a secluded area.
* ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'' had a game of "Gay Chicken" between [[VideoGame/GodOfWar Kratos]] and [[ThreeHundred Leonidas]] that lasted over a year. [[spoiler: Leonidas eventually surrendered because he needed to go home to his family.]]
---> '''Coelasquid:''' Consensus on the debut of this game was that Spartan Gay Chicken ends in a 30 year committed relationship complete with bickering over when to open a joint bank account and where to place the ottoman.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In an episode of ''{{King of the Hill}}'', Bill pretends to be gay to get a job at a trendy hair salon, due to their prejudices that straight men can't be good hairstylists. A prejudice that it turns out their customers share. A very attractive female customer expresses her attraction to Bill, saying that it's such a shame he's gay because she would be willing to do all kinds of nasty things with him if he wasn't. He can't resist telling her he's not actually gay, at which point she becomes disgusted that she let a straight man style her hair and outs him to the whole salon, getting him fired.
* In an episode of ''FamilyGuy'', Meg tries to be a lesbian so she can be part of her school's Lesbian Alliance Club and finally have friends. Stewie and Brian pretend to be gay in a later episode, a failed attempt to be discharged from the army.
** Brian might have been faux yay, but Stewie was clearly enjoying it a little too much to qualify. That wasn't even the second time in the show Stewie hatched a plan that involved making out with Brian.
* In an episode of ''TheSimpsons'', Moe partners with Wayland Smithers to turn Moe's into a gay bar. Moe's new patrons assume he's gay and he doesn't [[IncrediblyLamePun set them straight]] for fear of losing them as customers. Moe even starts to [[BecomingTheMask become the mask]] because of all the acceptance and adoration of said patrons, but [[StatusQuoIsGod all is back to normal]] by the end of the episode.
-->'''Moe:''' (after kissing Smithers) Like frisbee golf, I'm glad I tried it once.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' revealed that Stephanie, the owner of the piercing-parlor, ran afoul of this when she was in school, as she and her friend would "practice" kissing. Stephanie's was real, her friend was this.
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[[folder:Web Originals]]
* Pegasus in ''[[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series]]'' flirts with the other male characters and displays an assortment of stereotypical gay traits. However, he's actually straight and had a wife, and tries to kill the main characters when they uncover this fact.
-->'''Pegasus:''' I'm afraid you all have seen to much. Can't have people thinking I'm straight.
* The Onion [[http://www.theonion.com/content/news/bar_skanks_announce_plans_to_kiss satirizes the faux Les Yay]].
* Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses and affiliates: The recent rise in HoYay might be due to this, or just [[ShippingGoggles the slashfans getting more adept at spotting it]].
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[[folder:Other]]
* Japanese comedian Razor Ramon - aka, "Hard Gay", who is actually married to a woman and is heterosexual.
** And what a woman!
* UK funny-man RussellBrand reportedly [[http://celebrities.ninemsn.com.au/blog.aspx?blogentryid=250687&showcomments=true pretends to be gay]] to charm women into bed. He also makes out with NoelFielding a lot, who is equally straight...ish.
* ''"Terry rushed up to Barger, threw his arms around him and planted a sloppy wet kiss on his mouth. This is a guaranteed square-jolter, and the Angels are gleefully aware of the reaction it gets... The sight of a photographer invariably whips the Angels into a kissing frenzy, but I have never seen them do it among themselves, when there was nobody around to shock. There is an element of showbiz to it..."'' - HunterSThompson, "Hell's Angels"
* In the book ''Light My Fire,'' Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek say that drummer John Densmore did this to avoid being drafted.
* GabrielIglesias, in his special "I'm Not Fat.. I'm Fluffy", talked about getting drunk in El Paso and ending up at a gay club. When he realized where he was and realized that guys were checking him out, he embraced it, putting his hands on his hips and going "Shoot..." in fairly [[CampGay camp]] manor. He even went so far as to call his girlfriend to say, "You better not mess up, because I have options."
* The famous Creator/DavidTennant / Creator/JohnBarrowman [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Jfq5UAk1Bxc#t=300s kiss]] although this is less "pretending to be gay" as "[[PanderingToTheBase driving]] the {{fangirl}}s [[{{Squee}} insane]]."
* Similarly, Creator/JaredPadalecki does this, both to drive fangirls insane and to play pranks on his ''Supernatural'' costars. The blooper reels are filled with ass-slapping, kissy faces, and general sillyness.
* JeffFoxworthy once recounted his experiences in dating a woman who had neglected to tell him that ''she was married'', leaving him to find out when a very large, very '''angry''' husband stormed in and demanded, "What the hell do you think you're doing with her!" Not wanting to get killed, Jeff promptly turned on the CampGay and retorted, "I'm cuttin' her damn hair, and you're just gonna have to wait!", while tossing his head girlishly.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* It's common for people to do this with their friends, just to joke around or even freak someone out.
* Some male pornstars become ''gay for pay'' because the pay can sometimes be as much as ten times the equivalent for a similar straight scene. Many of them moonlight as male escorts as well.
** Female pornstars too, since GirlOnGirlIsHot.
* [[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=gay%20chicken Gay Chicken]].
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