Yeah i´ve read the Kotaku interview where Druckmann says that the idea for such a story never came up until he was joking with the Author/Illustrator of the american dreams comic. Of course no one would care about her "straightness". The most people also don´t care if someone is Homosexual, but they don´t want to be faced by it. For a lot of people it seems to be forced down their throats "if" she is gay.
I agrre on what Ashley Johnson (Ellie) said about it.
Furthermore it think we can´t apply modern first-world logic in a setting where it can´t be applied. When someone is talking about the kiss, is say now the most time, it was love nothing less nothing more. Especially when it´s not confirmed whether she is or she is not.
Yeah i hope so. I personally liked the level design, what it wanted is a way longer winter chapter, it was the best part of the game IMO, when you have to fight the infected at the coalmine, or draw David´s guys away from Joel, or even the steakhouse part. I hope there is more stuff like that in part 2.
PS. Do you know what minute it was where he is talking about another lgbt character in the video you´ve send me? I´ve watched it yesterday but i have not hear him talk about it. (I know i put a lot of effort in researching this) ^^
Can't remember where it is in the video. However, there is enough info in a google search to back this up.
http://attackofthefanboy.com/news/last-us-2-will-focus-ellies-character/ for example, shows Ellie's sexuality.