Ghostbusters does not have any openly LGBT characters. However, actress Kate McKinnon is lesbian, which led to some speculation before the release of the film that her character Jillian Holtzmann might be as well. In a July 2016 interview with director Paul Feig, he seemed to confirm that the character was intended to be lesbian, but that the studio would not allow her to be explicitly so. Here is the exchange:
[W]hile McKinnon is SNL's first openly lesbian cast member, Ghostbusters offers only hints on Holtzmann, who spends her free time shamelessly flirting with Erin. I ask Feig: Is Holtzmann gay?
He pauses, smiling. "What do you think?"
I'd like to think yes, I say. He offers a grinning, silent nod. "I hate to be coy about it," he offers. "But when you're dealing with the studios and that kind of thing…" He shrugs apologetically."You know, Kate is who she is and I love the relationship between Kate and Melissa's characters," he says. "I think it's a very interesting, close relationship. If you know Kate at all she's this kind of pansexual beast where it's just like everybody who's around her falls in love with her and she's so loving to everybody she's around. I wanted to let that come out in this character."
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