Fans of Netflix’s “Queer Eye” may soon have a sister version of the hit makeover show to look forward to.
According to Tre’vell Anderson of Out, there’s a new series in the works that would take the concept of the “Fab Five” and give it a gender flip. The show, called “Butch Pal for the Straight Gal,” has dropped a trailer to launch a fundraising campaign, in hopes of showing the world that “lesbians can do makeovers, too.”
The show’s creator, Ally Johnson, says, “If you want more queer television, you have to fight for it. After a year of doing just that, it’s becoming clear that we are not alone. People all over the world want this show to exist, and by the power of Gay Jesus we’re going to make it happen!”
The new series would follow the same formula as “Queer Eye,” with five queer women – dubbed “The Fierce Five” – offering a straight woman not just a makeover but their guidance, with the goal of empowerment, building self-esteem, and helping them to achieve self-confidence and control over their lives.
“Butch Pal” is not an official offshoot from the Netflix series (itself a rebooted version of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” which ran on Bravo), but it has reportedly been given the “stamp of approval” from Jai Rodriguez, culture expert from the original show.
The development team (production company Driven Equation, director Assaad Yacoub [“Cherry Pop”], and the diverse cast which features Emmy-winner Dot-Marie Jones) have been working on the project for a year. They have already completed filming on a pilot, which was funded through a viral crowdfunding campaign last summer.
Now, in an effort to fund the final steps of production, the “Butch Pal” creators are renewing fundraising efforts. With 20% left to go before hitting their $15,000 goal, the team are donating a portion of every donation it receives on Thanksgiving Day to The Trevor Project.
According to Johnson, “Though the project itself seeks to create more queer representation in the industry, we also want to do our part to give back to the community in other ways. My wife was a volunteer counselor for them for a few years and we’ve always greatly valued their work.”
You can donate here.