Last year me and my ever suffering missus came up with an idea for a TV show that each episode would follow a person going through their emotional and fashion makeover relating to their coming out and their new queer identity.
And we think it would be perfect for Gok Wan to host what could be a really funny, charming, captivating and interesting TV show to a large, broad audience.
The concept for the TV show would be to take a person who has very recently just come out of the closet (or still in and would like to come out) and is still dressing and identifying as if they were inside the closet – then giving them a ‘Get Gokked’ makeover making them as gay/queer and true to themselves and their new ‘queer identity’ as possible.
These gay makeover transformations could be very radical compared to their previous closeted ‘straight’ look and when presented with their final new Gokked and Gay look to their friends and family (maybe even a larger audience) it would receive a fantastic reaction of shock and elation not only for the person being made up but for their friends and family too.
We also think there should also be a heart-warming /and political part of the show where the person who is receiving the makeover can talk about their experiences of coming out, how that was, what the reaction was from their friends and family and maybe work colleagues and how easy or difficult it was for them to realise that they were gay, what their coming out was like, the importance of this decision and time in their life and what it means for them.
Our idea was inspired from seeing and knowing people close to us over the years (including myself) who, when we first knew them were in the closet and dressed and acted as straight as the conventions they believed were safe in doing so would allow.
Then, when they came out of the closet and began living freely, out and proud as a gay person they began to frequent gay places and socialise in LGBTQ circles and over the space of a year or two their look, mannerisms and attitude completely changed – they were like a different person, no longer scared and timid and hiding in their own skin – now they had transformed from a scared caterpillar, drab and shy into a fabulous out and proud, happy gay butterfly.
This new look not only transformed their image but also their personality – it encapsulated what they really were all along and we saw their real personality, happy and vibrant come to the surface and how they shined.
Coming out of the closet and realising who you are is more than just getting a gay makeover – it’s about finding your true self and finding real happiness that in some cases has been hiding and trudged down in fear, inside for years.
I know gay people of all ages young and old, married with children or closeted in school who hid like this for a long time, often years, that would have been perfect participants of this show, so the makeovers can be from a broad range of ages and backgrounds.
Happily, now there are a lot more LGBTQ people on TV but how often do we see real gay people talking about their real experiences of coming out? Facing the fear of a potential back lash and homophobia and about them coming to terms with being gay and then the happiness and freedom they experience once they are out?
Participants can be people who have recently come out themselves who are looking for real inspiration in the way they want to present the new out and proud them but also family and friends of a person who has recently come out to them, maybe who went through a difficult time facing them and the fact they are gay and are still not quite as fabulous and free as they could be.
We think this show could be fun and successful in teaching people about the reality and difficulties people face every day in coming out as gay in society – by helping the person themselves but also in helping others to see that we are all just people trying to be free in ourselves and happy with who we really are.
So what do you Kiki lot think? Would you watch it? Or are we totally barking up the wrong TV show tree?! 😛