From DallasVoice, Steven's older sister Lisa has this to say about her brother.......
Steven Daigle is a gay rodeo cowboy from Dallas. But him being the only out contestant on ‘Big Brother’ has his lesbian sister on pins and needles
RIDE ‘EM COWBOY!: As the only openly gay houseguest on this season of ‘Big Brother,’ Steven Daigle may be a lightning rod for conservative barbs — but don’t expect him to seek out any conflicts, says his sister.
All week, Lisa Sturgeon has been telling everyone she knows that her little brother is now a big brother.
Well, sort of. Last week, Sturgeon’s younger half-brother, Steven Daigle, was swept away by producers to be one of the 13 contestants on the new season of the reality show “Big Brother.”
“All my friends are very excited,” she says proudly. “He has a larger than life personality, whether it’s his gay bull-riding or riding horses or modeling.” He even attended a Christmas Eve dinner at Denny’s wearing bright purple nail polish after he allowed Sturgeon’s daughter to give him a “holiday makeover.”
And all this has Sturgeon a little worried.
“He just turned 36, but he’s going on 18,” she winks. “He’s the fun-loving, young, never-grow-up, looking-for-the-party, avoid responsibility type.” There are already promotional teasers “where he talks about being flirty.”
Which means he could well be fodder for the editors of “Big Brother,” who have a history of sowing conflict to achieve the most drama possible.
“We had a come to Jesus meeting before he left. I know they are gonna paint him in a bad light, so I told him when he was leaving, ‘Just don’t do anything you wouldn’t do or say in front of Grandmother.’”
Sturgeon says it is Daigle’s personality to avoid conflict, but as the only openly gay houseguest on the show, it’s likely he’ll be put in positions where he can’t escape it.
“With him being gay and there being a Catholic teacher [in the house], I have a feeling they will be pitted against each other — that and the older guy who’s a retired ex-Marine,” she says. Their father is also an ex-Marine, and has had a difficult time discussing Daigle’s homosexuality, says Sturgeon, who is also gay.
Reality shows often pigeonhole contestants in “roles;” The slut, the snake, the sissy. So how will Daigle play the game?
“He’s certainly not the villainous type,” she offers. “I think he’s gonna try to be everybody’s friend and establish alliances that way. I expect he’ll [gravitate toward] Libra the liberal; the Hooters chick (they always love gay guys because they never hit on ‘em!); and the hairdresser from Metarie, because we’re from Louisiana. Then I think he’s gonna lay low. But I could be wrong. I really want to talk about it after this first show.” (Sturgeon and Daigle’s best friend, Rick Woodard, will be sharing their thoughts about Daigle in exclusive interviews with the Dallas Voice every week.)
This isn’t the first time Daigle has auditioned for a reality show — “he’s always wanted his 15 minutes of fame,” his sister says — but it’s ironic that he’s hardly the only gay Dallasite making waves on reality TV this summer. Daigle will be competing for attention with Daniel Evans from “Shear Genius” and Marion on the new season of “Project Runway,” which starts Wednesday.
Add to them straights like Matthew Tully on “Shear Genius,” Lisa Garza and “Next Food Network Star” and “the no. 3 guy on ‘The Bachelorette’ this season, who was local and gorgeous!” notes Sturgeon. “So yes, Dallas must be fabulous!”