Beloved late TV icon Mister Rogers was likely bisexual

Fred Rogers (seen here testifying before Congress in support of public broadcasting in 1969) was likely bisexual

Fred Rogers, the kind-hearted man behind the preschool television series Mister Rogers Neighborhood, was likely bisexual.

Tell Me More

On 3 March, YouTuber CeCe Ewing made a Twitter thread highlighting a recent conversation she had with her grandmother about the beloved late TV icon.

In the thread, Ewing describes how her grandmother watched the new Mister Rogers documentary and read his biography. In doing this research, she discovered that Rogers was likely bisexual. This was news to Ewing, despite being openly gay herself. Though Rogers never used the term ‘bisexual’ himself, he described as his sexual orientation as ‘being somewhere in the middle’ of gay and straight.

Soon, another Twitter user provided the exact excerpt from Maxwell King’s 2015 biography of Rogers, titled The Good Neighbor.

In The Middle

The excerpt, seen below, describes a 1974 interview Rogers did for The New York Times, followed by a conversation with his friend — openly gay Doctor William Hirsch.

Excerpt from The Good Neighbor by Maxwell King

Excerpt from The Good Neighbor by Maxwell King

If sexuality was measured on a scale of 1 to 10, Rogers noted he’d be ‘right smack in the middle.’

‘I have found women attractive, and I have found men attractive,’ he added.

Roger’s Legacy

Aside from hosting his popular children’s television show, Rogers was also a Presbyterian minister, a musician, and a puppeteer. Rogers was awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, 40 honorary degrees, and a Peabody Award. He was an avid supporter of public broadcasting, testifying before Congress against budget cuts that would affect PBS. Additionally, he was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. Rogers died of stomach cancer in 2003.

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Author: Rafaella Gunz

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