‘High School Musical’ premieres gay love ballad for Disney

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Frankie A. Rodriguez and Joe Serafini in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series — Photo by Fred Hayes for Disney

Disney Streaming Series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series marked a milestone for the company after launching a gay love ballad.

The latest episode of the Disney+ show, “The Transformation,” featured Carlos (Frankie A. Rodriguez) singing with boyfriend Seb (Joe Serafini) after experiencing their first fight.

The song, “In a Heartbeat”, is notable for being Disney’s first-ever ballad written specifically for a same-sex couple. Huffington Post reports.

rodriguez said Huffington Post that the song is “the moment when Carlos reassures Seb, ‘You are, I really feel you strong, I choose you’ – that’s the lyric.”

“We learn so much from TV, so it’s important to show the different types of people that are there,” he added. “It adds to compassion and learning to understand people.”

Serafini said he wanted the scene between their characters to show LGBTQ youth that “there’s something you can turn to.”

Adding another layer to the emotional scene, both actors — Rodriguez and Serafini — are LGBTQ and are also dating in real life.

“We share everything together and it’s honestly just a joy,” Serafini said. “The fun thing about playing Carlos and Seb is that they’re characters, and we leave them in that universe before we go home and be ourselves.”

The scene also features main character Ricky accompanying Carlos on acoustic guitar. Joshua Bassett, who plays Ricky, came out as LGBTQ earlier this year.

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series has gained quite a reputation for its LGBTQ nature.



Carlos became the first openly gay character in the musical high school franchise when featured in the show’s first season.

Seb, originally intended to be a recurring character, was promoted to a series regular for the show’s second season, with Seb and Carlos progressing to a full relationship.

In addition to Rodriguez, Serafini and Bassett, co-star Ashlyn Caswell is pansexual and fellow cast member Larry Saperstein came out as bisexual during Pride Month. This year.

High School Musical: The Musical: The SeriesThe third season is currently releasing new episodes weekly on Disney+, with the first two seasons now available.

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