|“||Honestly, you people, and by that I mean straight people, are ridiculous.||”|
There is no definite proof of Ryan's sexuality, however his flamboyant fashion choices, incredible dancing capabilities, and his interesting interactive showdown with Troy's best friend Chad Danforth, seem to point to Ryan being of homosexual nature. It is to be noted that, while he is said to have a "crush" on Gabriella Montez, but noticeably reacts in the manner of a school girl whenever Troy enters the vicinity. During his Senior Year, Ryan is seen wearing more obviously flamboyant clothing than in the other two years. His relationship with Kelsi Nielson is rumored to be an example of him being heterosexual. Interestingly enough, after asking her to prom, he never speaks to her again. And while at Troy's party, he and the basketball star trade lines of a flirtatious nature, sharing several more scenes that implicate things.
But the relationship between Ryan and Kelsi started from the first episode and cycled through all three. He thinks of course they would go to prom together and he still doesn’t think that that makes him gay or straight or anything. He needs someone to be a couple with. After definitely taking notice of Ryan's flamboyancy, in the end, whether Ryan is straight or not is left up to the viewer's interpretation. However, Ryan could also be metrosexual.
Ryan’s dedication to theatre is not out of self-righteous glory (Sharpay) or a desire to fulfill his own fleeting interests (Troy), but rather to uphold a legacy. Ryan’s argument for why he and Sharpay deserve to be the leads in Season 1 and for them to perform together in Pilot is because it’s what they’ve done for years and years. It’s upholding a tradition. In Ryan’s own way, he is serving the Wildcats not through upholding a sporting spirit, but through preserving the greatness and glory of the East High theater department.
Personality and Traits
|“||I’m not so good with the advice. Can I interest you in a sarcastic comment?||”|
At first, Ryan Evans is a stereotypical in-the-closet gay kid at East High. In fact, most of Ryan's behavior seems to be because of the social order of the school and the opinions of others, rather than anything he was raised believing at home as his father in fact seems to behave completely different, showing an understanding and enlightened opinion of homosexuality.