Some people see them as brothers/good friends. Others perceive them as gay men. It really doesn't matter which. Both interpretations do not negate how brave they were. I love how Baze called Jyn a "little sister," and she cracked up one of her very rare smiles. Chirrut encouraged Jyn to embrace her courage and deny her fear in a different way, of course. But that's why I fundamentally love those characters. Jyn was accustomed to people exhibiting both darkness and light and yet going out and doing something noble. Her dad did that, and Cassian, as we all know, exemplified that as well. But, yeah. I just love these two characters. Viewing them as good friends or whatever helps the experience. If they are gay, they are anything but the stereotypical "gay friend" sidekicks. I hate that stereotype because in the real world, gay men are treated like props for other people's agendas when they are interpreted in that light. Portraying characters as fully realized human beings is a bonus, evidently. I like how Baze and Chirrut once worked for the Jedi. Baze has lost his faith, and Chirrut never lets go of his. It makes the Force a metaphor for courage in spite of an oppressive system. Let's not forget that in the old EU that the Empire was incredibly sexist toward women and excessively racist toward aliens. Just imagine how they viewed gay people? They had the "High Human Culture," which more accurately, was called NonHuMan. Thus, I tend to look at Bodhi, Jyn, Cassion, and K2 as unlikely heroes with two more even more unlikely heroes. I like to look at Chirrut as a man who could no longer see physically, and yet despite not having enough midi-chlorians to be a Jedi, he attuned his senses and wisdom with the Force. He could see so much in that way, while the traumas of the past haunted Baze. Despite being able to physically see, he covered his eyes to morality until he joined Jyn's crew. I suppose what sold it for me was that look Baze gave Chirrut before he passed. He would miss him. And, c'mon, whoever you are, who wouldn't miss Chirrut? He was lovable. That's just my take. What's yours?