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    Ryan From "High School Musical" Has Been Confirmed As Gay, And The Memes Are Strong

    "In my day, they really made that boy date a woman."

    Attention: Ryan from High School Musical has canonically been confirmed as gay.

    Ryan and Sharpay singing in a scene from "High School Musical"

    Now, the director of HSM, Kenny Ortega, did say in 2020 that Ryan's character was gay — and likely would have come out in college. "It was less about coming out and just more about letting his true colors come forward," he said, adding that he "didn't think at the time" there could be an openly gay Disney Channel character.

    Ryan and Sharpay singing in a scene from "High School Musical"

    In fact, Lucas Grabeel himself said that he asked Kenny during filming if Ryan was gay — which he confirmed. As such, Lucas said that he wasn't sure if he would take on the role if the movie were made now: "As a straight white man, I know that even without trying, I have taken opportunities away from other people."

    Ryan about to make a pitch on the baseball field from "High School Musical"

    Of course, none of this was in the main movies — Ryan took Kelsi to prom, and there's a deleted scene where he asks her out in High School Musical 3.

    Kelsi and Ryan in "High School Musical"

    Well, thanks to a sneak peak for an upcoming episode of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, we have onscreen confirmation that Ryan isn't straight.

    Disney+ / Via Twitter: @hsmseries

    In the clip, Ryan's partner shows up to support him, tells him that he loves him, and then the two share a kiss:

    As such, Twitter (sorry, X) was taken by storm:

    James Devaney/Getty Images / Disney / Via Twitter: @bklynb4by

    Disney / Alamy / Via Twitter: @photonsmight

    Disney / Alamy / Via Twitter: @keyon

    Disney / Alamy / Via Twitter: @evemmore