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High School Musical's Director Kenny Ortega Reminds Us That 2006 Was A Very Different Time For Queer Representation

1 month ago   |   By Huffington Post

“I have to be honest with you,” says High School Musical director Kenny Ortega in a new Variety interview, “I didn't think at the time - and Disney is the most progressive group of people I've worked with.” Ortega was discussing how, in 2006, it would have been impossible to make the character of Ryan, played by Lucas Grabeel , in High School Musical openly queer, even though much of the fanbase broadly assumed he was, so they had to agree to a compromise. “It was less about coming out and just more about letting his true colours come forward,” Ortega says in the piece. “I was concerned...
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