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The Actor Who Plays Will On "Stranger Things" Responded To People Asking If His Character Is Gay

"A good book or a good show leaves a lot of unanswered questions."

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Among the many Stranger Things theories fans have been debating since Season 1 ended, one people can’t seem to stop talking about involves Will Byers' sexuality.

Me waiting for the Will being gay theme to be developed on stranger things

me thinking about gay will byers and young boys getting to see that

I'm so obsessed with the idea of gay Will Byers

(Actually, people have been debating over a lot of the characters' sexualities.)

Barb from Stranger Things is 100% hella gay and there is nothing you can say that will make me believe otherwise goodnight

From the start of the series, Byers is peppered with anti-gay remarks from bullies at school — and even from his father.

Some Reddit users believe the Upside Down is simply a metaphor for being in the closet. Will, being stuck in that dark place, could be read as closeted.
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Some Reddit users believe the Upside Down is simply a metaphor for being in the closet. Will, being stuck in that dark place, could be read as closeted.

On Sunday, Noah Schnapp, the 12-year-old actor who plays Byers, wrote a lengthy Instagram post, saying it was “time to jump into the conversation.”

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"A good book, or a good show leaves a lot of unanswered questions but makes you think," Schnapp wrote. "Which is what you are all doing."

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"For me, Will being gay or not is besides the point," the actor continued. "Stranger Things is a show about a bunch of kids who are outsiders and find each other because they have been bullied in some way."

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"Does being sensitive, or a loner, or a teenager who likes photography, or a girl with red hair and big glasses, make you gay?"

"I’m only 12 but I do know we all relate to being different. And that’s why I think the Duffers wrote the show the way they did."

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The post, which has been liked over 21,000 times, has many fans of the show praising the young actor for his articulate message:

While others argued that knowing a character's sexuality can be important and impactful when it brings about needed representation:

But if any answers are coming, fans will have to wait. Thankfully Season 2 of Stranger Things lists Will Byers as a series regular.

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