A lot of people saying they were “disappointed” that Dumbledore’s sexuality isn’t directly addressed in the Harry Potter series rather than addressed via implied subtext.
Personally, I prefer it that way. His sexuality shouldn’t matter. Nobody’s sexuality should matter, and it’s because people assume straight to be the default that they’re pissed off when that notion isn’t challenged. We shouldn’t make assumptions based on… well, on nothing.
At the same time, I do understand that disappointment. I get that visual representation is important. How important would it be for a young teen struggling with their sexuality to see an out gay man in a children’s fantasy series? That shit absolutely matters - I applaud it when it happens in Doctor Who, and I’d be applauding it if it’d happened in Harry Potter.
Maybe I just want a future where nobody assumes Straight Until Told Otherwise, where a person’s sexuality isn’t a big deal. It shouldn’t matter that I’m bisexual. But it does. It matters to people who see it as an issue, and it matters to people struggling with their own sexual identity who see an out bi guy getting on with getting on. It matters because we’re not in that future yet.
Maybe we’ll never get there. But it’d be nice, I think, for it not to matter anymore.