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LGBTQ+ Representation in the 2017 Broadway Season

For a long while, Broadway has been considered somewhat of a haven for the LGBTQ+ community (the past few years, though, have been monumentally lacking). For this post, I’m making a list of LGBTQ+ representation currently on Broadway. This will not include fanon opinions or implied LGBTQ+ characters. I’m talking about characters who either say “I am LGBTQ+/not cis/not straight” outrightly or are seen/discussed as being in a romantic relationship with a same-gender character. I will also only be discussing musicals, as plays have very, very limited accessibility.

Shows that I have not seen before and/or do not have enough information/knowledge to confirm one way or another are labeled with a question mark. If you know about any LGBTQ+ representation in these shows, please reblog with that information, and I’ll update this post accordingly! Also, if I have missed or somehow misinterpreted any representation, please send me an ask, or something, just tell me, and I’ll make the appropriate changes!

Here we go! Happy pride!

A Bronx Tale - No.

Aladdin - None.

Amelié -?

Anastasia - No.

Bandstand -?

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical - Nope.

Cats - Nada.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - No.

Chicago - None.

Come From Away - A lot of non-straight characters are in this show! Two of the most prevalent supporting characters are an interracial gay couple! Also, LGB (sadly, no transgender/nonbinary/or otherwise non-cis characters are ever mentioned) family members are mentioned by various other characters. No discussion of non-cis people, though, and all non-straight characters are supporting, not lead.

Dear Evan Hansen - :/// None.

Falsettos - The best! The greatest! The lead character is a Jewish gay man who is in love with another Jewish gay man! Also! An interracial lesbian couple!! The most representation of LGBTQ+ people on Broadway since Fun Home. (Still no non-cis people, though.)

Groundhog Day: The Musical - There is a very minor gay character in this show.

Hamilton - Noooope! (It’s here that I’ll remind you of this: “This will not include fanon opinions or implied LGBTQ+ characters. I’m talking about characters who either say “I am LGBTQ+/not cis/not straight” outrightly or are seen/discussed as being in a legitimate romantic relationship with a same-gender character.”)

Hello, Dolly! -?

In Transit - Yes! Two of the main characters are gay men in love, and the homophobia they face is mentioned a lot as well! I absolutely love this show, and it has wonderful representation all-around as well! (Thank you to @meepzer for pointing out that I forgot to mention it the first time around (I’ve been listened to this cast album on repeat for a month so I don’t know how I did that))

Kinky Boots - No. (The secondary main character, named Lola, is a self-described “drag queen”–which, of course, is not, under any circumstances, the same as a trans woman–who mostly uses she/her pronouns but identifies as a man and, if my memory is correct, is only attracted to women.)

Miss Saigon -?

Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 - Kind of? Apparently, at one point, Dave Malloy may have confirmed Anatole to be bisexual, but this is never explicitly mentioned or confirmed in the show itself. Also, there is a lot of same-gender attraction seen in this show–i.e. women dancing with and kissing other women, men dancing with and kissing other men–specifically in the chorus, but no character is ever explicitly mentioned as being LGBTQ+.

On Your Feet! -?

School of Rock: The Musical - Yes! The parents of one of the main characters are gay men! BUT, this show has been criticized for a stereotypical portrayal of gay men :(

Sunset Boulevard - Nope.

The Book of Mormon - There is a gay male supporting character who eventually overcomes his internalized homophobia and leads a self-accepting life.

The Lion King - No.

The Phantom of the Opera - Not at all.

Waitress - None.

War Paint -Yes! There is a gay male supporting character.

Wicked - Nope.

Simply put, there’s a lot of work to be done on Broadway, in relation to LGBTQ+ representation, as well as representation overall.

Let's Learn Parenting: And that's the news of the week!

My laptop is still acting kind of weird.  It’s no longer doing that thing where it won’t scroll, but it’s giving me a seriously hard time with certain things, and the main one is that Tumblr is acting up so that I can’t post certain photos, even though I can’t tell how they differ from photos that I can post.  It’s all getting very annoying.  The “Drafts” folder has 16 things in it that I can’t share with you.  I’m starting to get kind of angsty about it.  But I’m not going to let this keep me down! 

In any event, we all have our problems, but none of us so much as parents in California who, in addition to facing such past and present parenting horrors as earthquakes, random things bursting into flames, smog, palm trees, bridges, beaches, and Richard Ramirez, now have this one fucking random cobra snake to contend with.  

The search is on, warns this headline, but honestly, is anybody really looking?  Snakes can get into all sorts of places.  Unless the California Snake Patrol is checking under every toilet lid on the west coast, chances are they are not gonna find that snake. As a resident of the beautiful Bronx, I feel that I am in a unique position to offer some reassurance on the subject of escaped snakes.  Let’s cast our memories back to 2011, when the Bronx Zoo misplaced an Egyptian Cobra as though it were as simple an error as when Thomas mislaid His Lordship’s evening shirts.  This controversial snake situation left the entire eastern seaboard trembling in terror, and people didn’t leave their houses for weeks.  Just kidding.  Life went on as normal until they “found” “the” “snake”, and not some totally different snake strawman, prosecuted for a cleverer snake’s crimes.  Once “The” “Snake” was located, the entire Bronx lined up to punch it in its stupid escaping face.  Just kidding again.  The Bronx does not condone snake abuse.  Not since the now defunct Globe Theater for Adult Films closed down many a decade ago has a snake been mercilessly pummeled in my home borough.  Count on that.   But California parents are presumably more progressive in terms of safety, with straps to keep their bookshelves from falling off the walls and smashing their children to paste when the earth rumbles, and helmets to keep their children from bumping their heads when they jump up out of their tanning beds.  So these safety minded parents are now warning their children to keep away from dark holes, according to this article.   Allow me to play devil’s advocate here for a moment as I inquire how California parents had been handling their children around dark holes BEFORE the DEADLY COBRA got loose?  “Go play near that dark hole, Epiphany,” they said, pausing to flick their long, naturally golden cornsilk hair out of their gluten free eyes.  “You too, Juniper.  Get in that black hole at once, so you can creatively explore and Montessori learn all about the textural dimensions of dark holes.  Grab little Eucharist and Galileo and get in that dark hole and learn!”   NO, California parents.  Children should NEVER get into dark holes, even when there are probably no snakes in them!  Many dark holes STILL contain Richard Ramirez!   If you want your children to learn in a mind-expanding and holistic way, you need to let them open up a Great Dane to find out what surprises lurk within.  I can’t believe I have to even tell you this.   You have learned parenting.  Go in peace.