When I tried to produce I'm Not Gay! four years ago at Hudson Valley Community College, someone
from SUNY Albany (my alma mater) kept taking down my posters. This was my response.
Please Stop Removing This Poster!!!

I understand that this is a controversial play and that some people are uncomfortable with the subject
matter. However, it is unfair to the people who have put in long hours and a lot of hard work into it, for
someone to just remove our advertisement because they don’t like the play. It deals with a very serious
subject matter in a farcical way, and I realize that makes some people uncomfortable. However, as
The
Accidental Death of An Anarchist
and How I Learned To Drive have proven, sometimes humor is the
best tool for getting one’s point across. In a way, I do appreciate the controversy this play has stirred up,
since it means people are actually paying attention to it, which is the number one goal of any playwright. I
don’t like to write happy horsecrap comedies where everyone walks away all happy and satisfied. I like
to provoke and incite strong emotions from my audience. However, I do feel that at least some of the
controversy surrounding this play is premature and unwarranted, and I wish to answer certain charges
here and now. This play is not an attack on homosexuals, as some have claimed. It is an attack on
homophobia. I am not a bigot, and I would never attach my name to a play which I felt supported bigotry
in any way.

Are there bigoted characters in this play? Yes. But, they are such caricatures, and they are so goony, I
find it hard to believe that anyone could take them seriously, much less be offended by their utterances. Is
this play an affront to taste and human decency? Perhaps. But, my goal was to blow a hole in this wall of
pretension and political correctness that we’ve been building up around ourselves these past few
decades. How can we grow and expand our imaginations if we remain trapped behind this immovable
wall of “appropriateness?” Everyone is so afraid that “someone” might get offended that they cannot (or
will not) openly discuss certain issues. But, how else can we discuss these issues if not openly and
honestly? How else can we critique the folly of someone’s ways if not by presenting them on stage? The
Theatre, after all, began as a showcase for the weaknesses of mankind. Oedipus slept with his mother,
for God’s sakes! Medea murdered her children, etc. There is an ugliness to life that many choose to shy
away from. I choose instead to revel in it. To find the humor in it, as well as the darkness surrounding it. It
may not be to everyone’s fancy, but to each their own, I always say. This play is not a nice play, and I
don’t think people will be dancing in the streets after they see it. But, I do think it will make it them laugh
and I do think it will make them think, if only for a moment.

I am also painfully aware of the tragedies surrounding Matthew Shepard and other gay men and women
who’ve been murdered and/or abused for their sexual orientation, so I went to great pains to be
responsible in my writing. Unlike other artists who’ve come under fire recently for their homophobic
“satire,” this play contains no violence and/or advocacy of violence towards gay men or women. I have
spent nearly two years working on this play, trying to find that fine line between political incorrectness
(which I love) and valid social commentary (which I feel is necessary for any play with a topic of this
nature), and I believe I’ve finally found it. Whether I am successful or not is for audiences to determine,
which they will not be able to do if someone keeps ripping down these damn posters! I believe that, in
production, all of these things will be obvious and I feel embarrassed to even have to defend myself in this
manner. However, if no one shows up, they will never know if these things are obvious or not. So, again,
I thank you to respect the work and intentions of other artists, and if there are any concerns or comments,
I hope you will address them to me at
DanJuan21@hotmail.com instead of continuing this silent form of
protest which I feel is unfair and inappropriate. You may still dislike the show after watching it, but at least
then I’ll know it’s for the right reasons. Thanks again.
                                                                                    -Daniel Guyton