I’m sure many of you are aware that Rowan Blanchard (from Disney Channel’s Girl Meets World) came out as Queer a few days ago. I know that there are many people in the Queer community that have mixed feelings about how she has chosen to identify. Whether or not you agree with term she used, right now she is still the first current Disney star to openly speak out not only about her own sexuality but also about the LGBT representation she wants to see on her show. As a result there is rampant hate and homphobia being thrown her way and we can not stand for it. Every time someone is brave enough to try and bring more representation into family media thousands of homophobes come out of the woodwork and ruin everything before the idea even has a chance to flourish. (warning: some of these comments are pretty dark)
We’ve seen these comments a thousand times. It happened the last time Disney tried to introduce LGBT representation and it’s going to keep happening if we don’t do something about it. So what am I asking? I’m asking for you to support this girl and support this show. For every negative letter Disney gets I want there to be thousands of positive ones. For every view the show loses I want us to start watching the show. And for every mean and hurtful comment Rowan receives I want us to support her. As a community we have got to stand up for the LGBTQ kids that desperately need this representation. Think about yourself when you were kid, think about what it would have mean’t for you to have been able to turn on the tv and see someone you could relate with. This could be a reality for so many kids but we have to fight for it.