Great God, why is this even an issue? Bert and Ernie, gay or not gay? I am flummoxed by the fact that we are having an issue with this. Let them be gay or just friends. All that matters is that they teach kids what they were supposed to teach kids. And, if thinking you have a connection with them for any reason, who cares what the reason is!
Bert and Ernie were cool so they probably were gay. And, that is amazingly okay. We all know that purple dinosaur was gay, right? And those Teletubbies — well, do I need to say more?
Oh, my, the asinine things we can worry about. I would worry more about Barbie and Ken than Bert and Ernie. If my grandchildren asked which characters to emulate, Bert and Ernie, gay or not, would be my answer!