Although I think it would be great if she had, I think it was more fitting to Dumbledore’s character- he learned secrets and lies at his mother’s knee, and he wouldn’t have told anyone unless he felt that it was necessary. I also think that neither Skeeter or Bagshot would have known, so that’s why I think it’s not stated, not because JK didn’t want to.
Also, the entire series is told from Harry’s point of view, and they’re, I don’t know, FIGHTING VOLDEMORT. Especially when Harry gets to a point where he would have an opportunity to learn Dumbledore’s secrets. I’m not going to say who cares, because it is important, but Dumbledore being gay is absolutely not relevant to Harry’s interests or saving the Wizarding world. It’s an interesting about that doesn’t change Dumbledore or his true character at all, especially as we never see Dumbledore in a romantic/sexual light/situation. Dumbledore being gay doesn’t change my view of him, nor should it change anyone else’s view of him, and I’m sure if Harry knew it would just be another factoid about Dumbledore and he wouldn’t care.
I mean, we never really explore homosexuality and how it’s viewed in the Wizarding world for what I feel are obvious reasons (just like we never explore racism or sexism or any other real ism because the story is about HARRY, who happens to be a young, white, cis, heterosexual male, FIGHTING VOLDEMORT AND SAVING THE WORLD so it really has no place), but I would hope that it’s no big deal, and perhaps wouldn’t even be that sensational should anyone find out. As a matter of fact, I hate that people are STILL making a big deal out of it, because it’s really not.
Amazing how, despite fighting Voldemort, Harry still knew about: Hermione and Ron, Hermione and Krum, Hermione and McCormic, Ron and Lavender, Ginny and Dean, Him and Cho, Cho and Cedric, Fred and Angela, Percy and Penelope, Bill and Fluer, Draco and Pansy, Him Ron and the Patil girls, Neville and Ginny, Hagrid and Maxine, Snape and Lily, His parents, the Weasleys, the Longbottoms, the Malfoys, Ted and Andromeda Tonks, Remus and Tonks, The Lestranges, The Dursleys, and all the other straight people in the books.
Yet there’s no queer kids at the Yule Ball, or at Hogsmead, or snogging in the hallways. No queer kids in the DA, or in the Order, or as teachers.
Somehow, despite saving the fucking world, Harry sure did notice a lot of straight people but no one else. Maybe queer kids just aren’t allowed to go to Hogwarts. Or maybe their queerness literally turns them fucking invisible, eh? After all, apparently we can’t admit that JKR just fucked up in this one respect and contributed to the heteronormative erasure of all LGBTQIA+ people in her otherwise very good books.
Dumbledore was ALL we got, and we only got it couched in a deeply problematic story and post publication. And if you don’t fucking see the problem with that, then that’s your problem. But as someone who has spent their life scraping and scratching for any piece of LGBTQAI+ representation within media, it fucking matters to me.
To be fair, it was set in a time and place where LGBT people weren’t accepted with open arms. Let’s be honest, the Wizarding World put a LOT of emphasis on breeding and bloodlines. You think they’d want a child who didn’t want to reproduce because he’s gay? Who’s to say they weren’t forcibly imperio’d or coerced into the “closet” so to speak? The Wizards weren’t exactly open minded people. I mean, even some of the “good guys” were kinda shitty in that retrospect.
I mean, that’s probably not the reason, but it’s an interesting thing to think on.