Dang, things have changed. Only ten years ago, the teenage star of a Disney Channel hit wouldn’t have declared themselves queer but in today’s world, that seems to have changed. Rowan Blanchard, who plays Riley Matthews on the sequel series Girl Meets World announced on Twitter just that.
Which she promptly followed up with
yes open to liking any gender in future is why I identify as queer
Now that doesn’t mean she’s going all Ellen and stepping out with the high school prom queen; she’s only had feeling for boys thus far but isn’t opposed to dating a person of a non-boy persuasion. You’d think this would lead to awwws and good for yous.
That isn’t exactly how it happened.
Honestly, is anyone surprised?
then shouldnt you identify yourself as pan or something around that???
(For the record, the urge to correct all that horrendous grammar is a hard thing to push down. Oh, the humanity!)
Now, there was a lot of support sent her way, which is the only thing that should’ve been. Unfortunately, there were numerous tweets telling her she doesn’t understand what queer means, questioning how she could possibly know, stating she’s just questioning herself and, of course, playing the God-card. Y’know, stuff that has no bearing on her choice to say what she said. But people don’t care about that; they’d rather tell her she’s wrong for what she feels.
Here’s a tip for all y’all who say these kind of things when someone tells you something personal: don’t be stupid. Don’t correct. Don’t reword or make suggestions or do anything but say yes. You’re not in her shoes so don’t act like you can fit in ‘em. When you try to force your foot in, all you do is lodge it squarely in your mouth.
So leave her alone. If you say anything, be positive. Be supportive. Be a decent freaking human being.
Oh, and for the record: Rowan, keep doing you and ignore the haters. You deserve only support and not the ridiculous arguments some make. So good for you for feeling secure enough to make your announcement.
All the best.