@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?
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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