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Good topic Nate. It's interesting what facets of our personalities come out in our puppets. Gustavo was based on a boyfriend but, he never had any overtly gay characteristics. My first puppet Benny, had a lot of my traits but, I've never performed him to develop what traits would define who 'he' is. I made a big, furry cat puppet who I haven't posted on the hub but, he's on my blog at http://puppetmuse.blogspot.com/2009_05_01_archive.html
I named him Harvey Furstein [after Firestein] and, I performed him 'gay' with a Firestein affectation. I still want to work on his appearance to look more cat-like though. I took the long fangs out and replaced them with smaller, sharp teeth and I'm considering moving the ears out. He's looking a little too wolf-like in my eye. I have ideas for more adult-themed puppetry that would incorporate some gay-specific characters. Our experiences certainly shape our art. It was fascinating, for me, when I found out Richard Hunt was gay and realizing how many of his characters I identified with and loved.