@RobinHood @OCRbot Looked up several articles on him, including an interview with an author of a recent biography that discusses his changing relationship with LGBTQ issues and it doesn't mention that?
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Rogers himself was often labeled “a sissy,” or gay, ina
derogatory sense. But as his longtime associate Eliot Daley
put it: “Fred is one of the strongest people I have ever met in
my life. So if they are saying he’s gay because ... that’s a
surrogate for saying he’s weak, that’s not right, because he’s
incredibly strong.” He adds: “He wasn’t a very masculine
person, he wasn’t a very feminine person; he was
In a 1975 interview for the New York Times, Rogers noted
drolly: “I’m not John Wayne, so consequently, for some
people I’m not the model for the man in the house.”°
In conversation with one of his friends, the openly gay Dr.
William Hirsch, Fred Rogers himself concluded that if
sexuality was measured on a scale of one to ten: “Well, you
know, I must be right smack in the middle. Because I have
found women attractive, and I have found men attractive.”
Michael Horton, the voice of Neighborhood puppets and a
close Rogers-family friend for decades, notes that he is always
asked first about Fred Rogers: “Was he really like that?”
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