Gay Life for the Straight Guy
CAROLYNN and MORGAN’s love is a secret. But they are done with living in fear of judgment. Done lying to parents and friends. They devise the perfect coming out at prom, but have to navigate around obstacles: how to work with CAROLYNN’S straight boyfriend, TREVOR and dealing with TREVOR’S unstable, ex-girlfriend, LIBBY whose life goal is to socially destroy all things TREVOR. It’s complicated More
High school juniors CAROLYNN and MORGAN are gay and in love. Their relationship is a secret, but they are tired of hiding it. Tired of living in fear of judgment by others. Tired of lying to their parents and friends. CAROLYNN and MORGAN want to come out at prom, but first they must figure out how to tell their families, how to work with CAROLYNN’S straight boyfriend, TREVOR, and how to avoid the wrath of TREVOR’s unstable, ex-girlfriend, LIBBY who has made it her life’s goal to socially destroy all things TREVOR.
TREVOR has it all: brains, good looks, popularity, and the right girlfriend. But a recent epiphany leads him to realize his Camelot life is a sham and he is far from a selfless being. In fact, he’s mostly selfish. Just because he is not a “bad” person doesn’t automatically qualify him for being a “good” person. Bothered by this realization, TREVOR dumps his old life including, LIBBY, the Ice Queen. In an attempt to do some good in the world he sets a new life course. LIBBY, however, is bitterly angry over being dumped and executes a brilliant plan of character assassination. TREVOR’S life at school quickly becomes a living hell due to LIBBY’S maniacal manipulations and his Rep takes a nosedive rendering TREVOR a pariah.
TREVOR reacquaints with an old friend, CAROLYNN. CAROLYNN confides in TREVOR about her relationship with volleyball teammate, MORGAN. TREVOR discovers what “real” love is all about through CAROLYNN and MORGAN’s relationship. TREVOR, CAROLYNN, and MORGAN devise a coming out plan to enact at prom: “Operation Damn Straight”. Simply, TREVOR will be CAROLYNN’s date to prom. Before arriving at the hall, both girls will come out to their families and reveal the prom plan. At prom, TREVOR will “hand off” CAROLYNN to MORGAN in the Ballroom where they will be formally announced as a couple.
The outside world is quick to judge TREVOR and CAROLYNN as a couple. Though they both deny this, their somewhat rural middle-America world has already defined and categorized their relationship. This creates a new trouble for TREVOR as LIBBY—incensed that she has been so quickly replaced—unleashes a nuclear shit-storm of propaganda against TREVOR.
TREVOR’S social plunge gathers momentum, yet he realizes that he never loved LIBBY in the way that CAROLYNN and MORGAN love each other. This awareness saddens him, yet strengthens his resolve to see “operation Damn Straight!” succeed. In doing so, he will acted selflessly.
CAROLYNN and MORGAN shed their awkwardness at prom. Classmates stare, unable to look away from the tall, stunningly beautiful girls. As TREVOR hands CAROLYNN off to MORGAN, MORGAN buckles under pressure. She panics, crying and shouting that she’s sorry, but can’t go through with it—she never told her family about CAROLYNN or that she is gay. She runs out of the hall. TREVOR attempts to comfort CAROLYNN but she shoves TREVOR away before fleeing herself. The surrounding witnesses fall silent. Distorted by their own bias towards TREVOR, the crowd inaccurately interprets the event. TREVOR is blamed for having “two-timed” two best friends who only discover the disgusting deception at prom. As TREVOR is unable to defend himself without revealing CAROLYNN and MORGAN’s secret, he becomes the “most hated.” CAROLYNN and MORGAN drop out of school to enroll at different crosstown schools. Both girls break off communication with TREVOR.
The school year ends and TREVOR scores an ice cream shop job. CAROLYNN and MORGAN visit the shop to make amends with TREVOR. CAROLYNN and MORGAN are holding hands. The girls reveal they felt pressure to create “an event” for their coming out, as if they needed to formally announce the parameters of their relationship in order to gain acceptance. In the end, with support from family, they decide to just let their relationship develop organically and not put so much stock in what other people might think or say.
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