Is Rudolph intended as a homosexual metaphor? I have no idea.
Is it interesting to read it as a homosexual metaphor? Sure, why not. Outsider narratives can easily be related to that experience.
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But, yeah, you make a good point. Obviously, therefore, Hermie was short for Hermaphroditus, the mythological "female boy."
Actually the name comes from the fact that Hermaphroditus was the love child of Hermes and Aphrodite (he actually wasn't, y'know, hs namesake to begin with, but he was so unbelievably hot that some girl decided she wanted to never part from him and hey-yo, things went south as they do in myths...)