If you were a kid/pre-teen/teen during the 00’s, then chances are you’ve seen High School Musical.
They’re campy. They’re cheesy. They launched Zac Efron’s career. And fans have been wondering since 2006 if Ryan (Lucas Grabeel) is gay. Mainly because, in the films, the character is coded as such.
Well years after debate and wondering, Kenny Ortega confirmed to Variety that yes, Ryan is gay. He would have come out after the films ended.
“It was less about coming out and just more about letting his true colors come forward.”
Ortega added that, at the time, he didn’t think Disney would have been opened to have an openly gay character in the films.
Ortega said, “I was concerned because it was family and kids, that Disney might not be ready to cross that line and move into that territory yet. So, I just took it upon myself to make choices that I felt that those who were watching would grab. They would see it, they would feel it, they would know it, and they would identify with it. And that is what happened.”
Grabeel has also previously stated that he believed his character was gay in past interviews.