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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Mister Rogers Was Bisexual and It’s Going Viral

Fred Rogers, the face of beloved PBS children’s show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, revealed he is bisexual in a recent biography, and the revelation is going viral on Twitter after lesbian ‘book nerd’ YouTuber Cece Ewing told a funny story about her grandmother letting her in on the news.

Tweeted Ewing: “Anyway, wildest thing that’s happened to me lately is when I went to talk to my grandmother and she was like “did you know Mr. Rogers was bisexual?” and my gay ass, gay of the family, Miss Family Homosexual had to be like ‘he was WHAT?’ After she watched the new documentary, she read the Mr. Roger’s biography. Apparently he never used the word, but in an interview where he was asked if he was gay he said something like ‘I’m not gay, but I suppose if you look at attraction as a kind of line…I would probably be somewhere in the middle’ and like. WHAT.”

The revelation was made in the biography The Good Neighbor, by Maxwell King, published last September.

Many are thrilled.

And now, one of our favorite clips of all time, when Rogers went to Congress and saved $20 million in PBS funding with a six-minute speech.

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