Undercover in a Gay Bar
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Going undercover in a gay bar is a slash trope commonly used in fanfiction written for buddy cop fandoms or AUs based on a police or investigative partnership. In these stories, two same-sex characters (at least one straight-identified) must pose as lovers at a gay bar to solve a crime, but during the course of their investigation, they discover that they are attracted to each other.
The gay bar is optional as long as they are undercover as a gay couple in an environment where acting on their attraction will be socially acceptable.
- Wrapped in a Red Ribbon by auburnnothenna (SGA). John and Rodney undercover as a gay couple in a BDSM club.
- Going Deep by AnneZo (Once a Thief). Vic and Mac pretending to be lovers and moving to a gay neighborhood to solve a missing person case.
- Sky Blue and Black by Sylvia Bond (Starsky and Hutch). The partners go undercover in a gay bar to catch a killer named Joshua Bright.
- Dance While You Can by Alexandra (Professionals). "Bodie and Doyle are sent undercover in a gay bar to catch a blackmailer and discover it is agony to keep their hands off each other."
- More Certain in Affection by Keiko Kirin (Master and Commander). "Stephen has arranged for a source to stay at a gentleman’s club that caters to a particular sort of gentleman, with particular tastes; Jack, unknowing, follows him there. Possibly this is the Age of Sail version of the “undercover in a gay bar” trope, but it is handled so deftly and sensitively here that it seems completely in keeping with canon. Jack’s utter obliviousness is just wonderful."
- Number Eight by Speranza (Due South).
- The Truth in the Lie by flawedamythyst (Supernatural). Sam and Dean pretend to be a couple on a gay couples' bus tour of Nova Scotia in order to hunt a monster.
- Mr Rosso Goes to Hawaii by Siria (Hawaii Five-0). Steve McGarrett and Danny Williams try to infiltrate a drug cartel by posing as a gay married (gangster) couple.
- Eating At Home by Helen (The Sentinel). As described by the author--"...the first installment in the Conventions a-go-go Series, in which Jim and Blair have an undercover moment."
- this city bleeds its aching heart by Renne (Captain America Movieverse). Steve and Bucky go undercover as a gay couple in the suburbs.
The Trope in Original Media
In original media, the trope is often used to showcase the discomfort of the straight-identifying cop and to highlight the otherness of the gay community. The fanfiction trope is often an intentional subversion of this idea.
- The 1980 film Cruising may well be the first example of the trope used in original media. In that film, Al Pacino goes undercover to hunt a gay serial killer. The film was widely criticized as homophobic both during filming and after its release.
- The 1982 film Partners, starring Ryan O'Neil and John Hurt, used the same set up, murders in the gay community, to tell a story about an unlikely partnership between a butch straight cop and his stereotypically mousy gay partner who falls in love with him during their assignment.
- In the Fastlane episode, Strap On, Billie Champers pretends to be a lesbian and picks up a suspect in a lesbian bar in order to catch a killer. This story is remarkable in that Billie's sexuality is never clearly stated and she is never shown expressing discomfort at her surroundings.
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- Hieroglyfics Recs - fanfiction and fanvid recommendations by Isis, 13 May 2009. (Accessed 17 April 2010)
- Helen's Sentinel slash page. (Accessed 28 Jan, 2012.)
- Looking Back at "Cruising", accessed April 17, 2010
- Scraping the barrel: Eight of the worst gay depictions in film, accessed April 17, 2010
- Sarah Warn. "Fastlane" Lesbian Episode a Fun But Uneven Ride, AfterEllen.com, January 18, 2003, Accessed April 16, 2010