Originally Posted by Miburo
It should also be noted that being gay isn't a choice one makes. (If you care to debate that fact, then head on over to the debate section) A manga cannot tell you to be gay. It's also a flawed argument. Naruto is an orphan. Naruto is a boy. By that logic, the manga is telling people to be orphans and males.
Also, it may upset some homophobic, irrational fans if Naruto ended up being a homosexual. But it would also be showing that homosexuals can be role-models and heroic figures as well. If Kishi was really intelligent it would actually be in his favor to end up making Naruto gay. He'd be coming off as quite the humanitarian and human right activist in showing the equality in homosexuals and heterosexuals through his art. Like it or not, 20 years from now homosexuals will be regarded as social equals in many parts of the world. Just like racial minorities and women are now. Being the first popular manga writer to show that homosexuals can be admirable figures would pretty much cement Kishi's place in history as not only a popular manga writer of his time, but as a defender of human equality. He has ample motive for making Naruto gay.
I doubt this. Homosexuality is only becoming tolerated because of social activism, almost entirely in the West and a strong belief in the liberal principles of freedom and individuality. Countries unaffected by the American and French revolutions have gigantic social gaps to overcome before they are anywhere near were the West is. Even in our countries we still have Christian groups against it, but even these groups are not as radical as in other areas (e.g. the Middle East).