I just found out that June is Pride Month, which is referring to the LGBTQ community. True, ROMANCE is a common theme found in fictional literature (also common in other media like operas and musicals). So, what are some LGBTQ fictional couples am I aware of?
As many know, it is hard for me to spot romance in literature. However, it is easier to spot it either on screen or on stage—–a result of seeing the action. The advantage of musicals and operas comes from love songs- those songs help you realize when two characters have fallen in love. So, unfortunately I will not able to name many of these unique couples. However, I can name two——the ones from Rent.
Angel and Collins
They are one of the sweetest couples found in musical theatre. They may both have HIV, but they truly make the most of their relationship. Even when Angel develops AIDS, Collins is still there for him. The song, “I’ll Cover You”, really shows just how amazing their relationship is——they are the only couple in Rent who don’t fight, and truly live in the moment no matter what. Even during “Without You”, you strongly see their love—-that is when you really see Collins caring for Angel. Angel is just the sweetest and most compassionate person of all the friends- he really kept them together (look at their struggle after he died- that is how you can realize he was the glue holding them together).
Maureen and Joanne
I call them the most problematic couple in Rent. Mainly because of Maureen- she may be crazy, but she still has a sweet spot. It feels like they just can’t stop fighting (Maureen can really annoy Joanne at times due to constantly flirting on other guys). Just look at “Tango Maureen”- when Mark and Joanne are talking about their dating troubles with Maureen (after all, Mark is Maureen’s ex-boyfriend, so he can relate). Than look at “Take Me or Leave Me”- a love song between Maureen and Joanne, but they are still fighting in that number.
However, at least Maureen still her sweet side at times- she isn’t 100% crazy- maybe more like 75%. Look how she treats Mimi when she was in danger of dying- she is sweet with her then. Plus Joanne isn’t 100% annoyed with her- she can stand her at times. At least there are moments they can handle each other- it is just Maureen can be hard to deal with at times.