It’s amazing how things work out. As Ming-Na Wen says, there was never any specific intention to make Mulan a gay story, and yet, that’s exactly what happened. Mulan takes on the guise of a male character and then proceeds to have feelings for her commanding officer Li Shang. While the audience knows the truth, the relationship looks like one man having feelings for another. Even Li Shang has to come to terms with the fact that he discovers he has feelings for Mulan, somebody that he, until recently, believed was a man. The film doesn’t actually present it in quite that way, but it’s not difficult to make such connections. It may not be much, but considering how few LGBTQ characters were out there, it was embraced by many.