L*M*M tries really hard to be a good ally, and actually does better than a lot of straight people (he was the only person at the 2017 Tonys to acknowledge the Pulse anniversary), but his writing choices for both Heights and Hamilton and the way he talks about (and doesn't talk about) Hamilton's bisexuality shows he has some unconscious issues--I'm not really sure whether it's too harsh to call it homophobia or biphobia, but it's disappointing and I wish he'd realize it and try to root it out.
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Yeah I mean- I’ve said this a few times before but to take an obscure figure like Laurens, put him in a musical about his love interest, and NOT tell the story of their relationship speaks so many volumes. I haven’t read many interviews with him, so idk if he’s said things that sound like he has an off view of bisexuality (lmk if I’m missing something!), but when he chooses to talk about it says a lot. He says it in interviews, he says it to the few who can afford tickets. He doesn’t say it in the canon.
I know with the gay plotline in In the Heights, he was talked out of it by producers. And I can easily see something similar happening with Hamilton (a while back he posted some cut Laurens lyrics that could very well be that). There’s this good video by Lindsey Ellis where she talks about how Hamilton being the first successful rap musical is in part because of how it appealed to the elite. And I don’t think that’s Lin kissing ass or whatever, I think it’s part of the whole Hamilton package, going “oh hey, look at these guys we love to deify, look at how we’re singing about them” on the surface level concept stuff, and then the second the audience engages, making it clear that this is really about the stories of migrants and people of color in this country (which incidentally, is also probably why this fandom either gets people who haven’t listened calling it inexcusably problematic or history blogs resenting it). I think Lin made some calculated decisions to get a musical like this on Broadway, and I think a lot of the time media with social justice messages gets unfairly taken to task for not encompassing all causes, when media without those messages gets a pass.
But I think part of that calculation was jettisoning queer representation to make it more palatable to the mainstream. And I think that if Lin weren’t cishet, he would not have made that decision. And he clearly is trying to put it in other places, but we’re seeing the limits of that. Apparently the other Laurens and Hamilton actors don’t play Lams. All the Hamilton bandwagon-jumping material is ignoring his sexuality. He had an opportunity and he did not take it and I think that if he had, it could have been something really meaningful.