Anonymous asked: Angel from RENT was not Trans. Sadly, there were no Trans people in that play. Angel was a Drag Queen and it's mentioned in the play multiple times. Please don't erase that by calling the character Trans when they weren't.
Omg I know there is a huge controversy with this. Remember when he rescued Tom? That was Angel out of drag but people forgot that scene.
At least… that’s how its written in the film, I wonder what it says in the script for the play. I really, REALLY love RENT and I’ve noticed this stuff too.
Angel is listed as trans* in the wiki:
All I can find rn is:
"(The street in front of the pay phone. A HOMELESS MAN appears above on the right. Across the stage, ANGEL DUMOTT SCHUNARD is seated on the Christmas tree sculpture, with a plastic pickle tub balanced like a drum between his knees)”
-from the Original Broadway Script
I believe he is based on a male character from La Boheme, but that doesn’t matter as other genders are changed from La Boheme as represented in RENT. I guess it would depend wholly on how Jonathan Larson described the character. Worth looking into. He DID name the character a non-gender specific name. Perhaps there is something to it? Idk….
"You all said you’d be cool today
So please, for my sake
I can’t believe he’s gone.”
It seems to me like when he was having fun and in drag characters talked to him as “she”affectionately. But when the end happened and things were serious, there was no she at all. I don’t know… I just googled this and five minutes is enough to confuse the hell out of me. It doesn’t matter to me, but I’m cis so it wouldn’t as much. I never ever thought Angel was trans, however.
This is interesting, because I haven’t seen the play or film in years, and even then saw it only once, but I was always given the impression that Angel was unambiguously a trans woman. Huh.
I have seen RENT so many times and I always thought Angel would have been considered trans*. I mean if we go by the understanding that trans* is somewhat all encompassing for people with diverse gender identities and expression, and we see evidence in the script and action of the musical that the gender expression changes, I would consider Angel trans* or at least gender non-binary. In the movie Mark uses both masculine and feminine pronouns when referring to Angel. He corrects himself after using the masculine pronoun when telling the story about Angel’s interaction with some tourists. I may be reading into this because I wanted to see someone of a complex gender identity because I knew that I could better understand my gender identity through them.
Honestly, we probably can’t say either way. It’s really up to the author’s interpretation and portrayal of the character. Maybe the writer of RENT intentionally didn’t clarify the gender identity of Angel more specifically than Angel as a drag queen.
I dunno. My reflection.