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By Rachel Sharp For Dailymail. Francois Clemmons, best known as Officer Clemmons on children's TV series 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood', has said that TV star Fred Rogers told him to not come out as gay and to marry a woman because if he didn't, it would 'threaten his dream'. Clemmons, 75, described Rogers as both 'my executioner and deliverer' in his upcoming memoir 'Officer Clemmons' as he recalled the late children's TV host telling him Married women Clemmons could not be a 'member of the Neighborhood' if he was openly gay. The performer said Rogers confronted him about his sexuality in his studio one day during filming for the show. Francois Clemmons leftbest known as Officer Clemmons on children's TV series 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood', has said that TV star Fred Rogers right told him to not come out as gay and to marry a woman because if he didn't, it would 'threaten his dream'.


Portrait of American educator and television personality Fred Rogers - of the television series 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood,' circa s. Fred Rogers, The host of the children's television show 'Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.

Fred Rogers is the host of the children's show 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Photo By Getty Images. PAUL J. President George W. The film played a clip of talk show host Tom Snyder asking Rogers if he was straight. Nope, not as far as I know.

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The evidence comes in the form of an excerpt from a biography of Rogers that began to make its way around the internet. William Hirsch. Because I have found women attractive, and I have found men attractive. For everyone looking for a citation, it's in "The Good Neighbor" by King.

Screenshot from Google books. Rogers was bisexual and my life has meaning again, today is so blessed.

Meanwhile, Rogers was married to one woman, Joanne, for almost all his adult life. Rogers died inafter winding up 31 seasons of his show in Fred and Joanne Rogers were parents of two sons. Long explained that acting on gay or bisexual tendencies would have been a complicated matter for Rogers given the times he lived in.

Rogers might have been revered for advocating for progressive views on child development, race relations and other cultural issues. But in other ways his high-profile career in public television made it difficult for him to publicly stray too far from generally accepted, post-World War II ideas about family, gender and sexuality, Long and others said.

That perhaps explains why Rogers strongly discouraged his gay co-star Clemmons from coming out in the late s.

Rogers encouraged Clemmons to marry a woman, which Clemmons did, only to divorce her six years later. But Rogers later revised his advice to Clemmons, as countless men and women came out following the Stonewall uprising, Long wrote in his Huffington Post essay. Rogers also urged Clemmons, who became a lifelong friend, to enter into a long-term and stable gay relationship.

Bottom line, according to Long, is that Rogers advocated for a queer- and straight-friendly message of unconditional acceptance of other people throughout his TV career. Things To Do Entertainment.

Francois clemmons recounts his relationship with fred rogers, the "spiritual love of my life," in a new memoir

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In one notable skit, Clemmons and Rogers put their feet in a kiddie pool together, a subversive message to some at a time, following the enactment of the Civil Rights Act, when people were still fighting laws that attempted to bar people of color from using the same swimming pools as whites.


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MR Rogers' long-time costar Francois Clemmons has opened up about how the popular children's TV host told him to stay in the closet and marry a woman.