When a gay (or bisexual), character, who is normally very [[CampGay flamboyant]] acts in a far less [[StraightGay stereotypical]] manner. This usually in order to hide his or her sexual orientation from another person's {{Gaydar}}. It may or may not be a part of TheMasquerade.

This is different from the standard StraightGay character who isn't campy to begin with. This trope only occurs when the character is normally very, very flamboyant, but is putting on an act.

Needless to say this is TruthInTelevision.



[[folder: Fan Works ]]

* In the ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/BecomingFree'', Freya has trouble hiding her more masculine mannerisms such as bowing instead of curtsying. No one seems to notice her mishaps or her staring at women.


[[folder: Film ]]

* Nathan Lane's character in ''Film/TheBirdcage'' is trained by his partner to act more masculine, with very mixed results. He can't even manage a manly strut.
* Tick attempts this in ''Film/TheAdventuresOfPriscillaQueenOfTheDesert'' when he's trying to connect with [[spoiler:his son Benji]], wearing a plain khaki shirt and Akubra hat. Marion mocks him for it.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Inverted in ''Literature/{{The Dresden Files}}''. [[spoiler:Thomas Raith]], a White Court Vampire that feeds on lustful emotions, pretends to be a flamingly gay hairstylist in order to feed on the lustful emotions of his clients as he washes their hair. Normally this is done via the act of sex where a big bite of the subject's life force is taken. Instead, [[spoiler:Thomas]] does it this way, taking tinier bites so as to try and prevent accidentally hurting someone. As he says it himself: feeding on a person's lustful emotions requires a sense of intimacy, styling her hair is the most intimate you can get with a girl short of sex, and no one would pay him anywhere near as much money to style their hair if they didn't think he was a gay Frenchman.
* Variation from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': [[TheSpymaster Varys]], who is treated as {{asexual}} due to being castrated at a young age, typically acts in a manner that would be called CampGay if he had the equipment for it in order to come off as a non-threatening, [[TheDandy perfumed dandy]]. When he must move about unseen, he sometimes [[ClarkKenting drops the act]] and dresses as a common soldier. It is incredibly effective; even people who interact with him on a daily basis have trouble recognizing him.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/UglyBetty'':
** Inverted. A fashion designer is actually straight, but plays up a flamboyant CampGay image so he can be taken seriously as a designer.
** Played straight (no pun intended) in an earlier episode, when Marc tries to act straight for his mother. He is spectacularly awful at it, claiming that his favorite musical is High School Musical and that he tans at only a certain place.
-->'''Betty''': Are these really the questions that are going to make your mom think you're straight?
-->'''Marc''': Straight guys Mystic Tan. Hello, Tom Cruise.
* A similar inversion happens in the ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' episode "Lois vs. Evil," with Francis helping out at a beauty contest and realizing the perks acting Camp can bring him.
* Done in the original ''Series/GetSmart'' TV show after Max is punched out by a previously effeminate character who spoke in a falsetto because no one would believe a deep bass voice could design windows.
* In ''Series/{{Glee}}'', Kurt gets caught by his dad dancing in a unitard with two girls to Beyonce's "Single Ladies" video. He claims he is [[BlatantLies practicing for his new position on the football team, which he had totally just joined and not made up on the spot.]] Later, when he ''does'' join the football team, he helps the team perfect their coordination and timing (and some psychological warfare on the other team) through learning the dance. In a later episode, when he feels that quarterback Finn is "stealing" his dad away from him, Kurt begins dressing in flannel clothing and dating a woman in order to appear more manly and win back his father's affection.
* Bisexual {{Cross Dresser}} Kris from British Soap Opera ''Series/{{Hollyoaks}}'' did this at one point, stopping wearing make-up, skirts and hiding his bisexuality because his brother was visiting.
* Also occurred in ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'' with transgender character Adam. When having a family dinner with his grandmother, his mother begged him to dress up in girl clothes and go by his birth name, Gracie, as not to shock or upset the grandmother.
* Until a certain episode of ''Series/TheWarAtHome'', Kenny tries to hide his sexual orientation. The audience still know he's gay because of his [[InnerMonologue Inner Monologues]].
* Max from ''Series/HappyEndings'' subverts this: while he is definitely not CampGay at all, his friends point out that he can't really act straight either. Especially in front of his parents.
-->'''Max''': *While pointing at [[TheBeard Penny's]] breasts* Get a load of these! Huh? Yeah!
* ''Series/NoahsArc'': In an episode where Noah wants to go to a bar to meet Wade's friends, Wade gets Noah to tone down his normally feminine look for this purpose. Noah calls him out on it later.
* On ''Series/WillAndGrace'', Jack overhears Will saying he wish he (Jack) weren't so "gay" (because Jack was being incredibly loud and campy around Will at a ''completely'' inappropriate time). Jack comes to the gym [[CrowningMomentOfFunny acting like an equally obnoxious and stereotypically straight man, even remarking, "Nice rack," at a young woman working there]].


[[folder: Theater ]]

* Lampshaded in ''Theatre/AngelsInAmerica'' in a conversation between Louis and Prior. Prior remarks that Louis always introduces himself as "Lou" to his relatives--so they don't hear the sibilant ''s''.


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* Hom from ''Webcomic/WelcomeToRoom305'' often does this. He passes himself off as CampStraight.


[[folder: Multiple Media ]]

* In the book, film, and theater versions of ''Film/TheBirdcage'', a man has to pass for straight to win over his son's new in-laws. It does not go well. However, his drag queen lover '''does''' pass for a straight ''woman''.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In an inversion similar to the ''Series/UglyBetty'' example above, Bill Dauterive of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' pretends to be CampGay in order to keep his employment at a trendy hair salon that only hires women and gay men because they do not believe straight men can properly cut/style hair.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "Daddy Queerest," the Smiths' neighbor Terry needed to pretend to be straight because his intolerant father was coming to town for a few days. This resulted in Francine [[TheBeard pretending to be his live-in girlfriend]], forcing his actual partner Greg to stay with Stan.