I think any Shakespeare character can be played as gay. It’s very easy to take that route with the clowns. Certainly, the part of Aguecheek in Twelfth Night lends itself to that approach. People are going to argue that my clown shepherd in The Winter’s Tale is a little fey; I say he’s just excitable and quirky. Then, of course, there’s that old queen Prospero from The Tempest. And, if you ask me, I think Portia in The Merchant of Venice is a lesbian.
—Jesse Tyler Ferguson, performing The Merchant of Venice and The Winter’s Tale in New York’s Central Park this summer, on whether any of that Bill writer guy’s characters could be ‘mo [via]