Rowan Blanchard, the star of the hit Disney Channel show Girl Meets World, recently spoke out about her sexuality. She is an actress, writer, artist, and activist living in Los Angeles choosing to speak out on Twitter:
Aye! ♡♡♡ pic.twitter.com/NXOZv5Jlzy
— Rowan Blanchard (@rowblanchard) January 16, 2016
In the screenshot, Blanchard writes "in my life—only ever liked boys however I personally don't wanna label myself as straight, gay or whateva so I am not gonna give myself labels to stick with—just existing ;)." She is comfortable in her own skin and hoping to let everyone know as well. Fans have asked her to clarify what she was posting and Blanchard replies that she identifies as "queer" and is happy.
Besides identifying who she is interested in sexually, Blanchard also wrote an emotional essay, "Sorry, Not Sorry" for the online publication Rookie Magazine. This essay is meant to show girls to not be sorry for who they are and to just exist. Other actresses in the industry have read this article and responded to Blanchard with positive feedback. Two actresses, Reese Witherspoon and Emma Watson, are strong female supporters in the industry and read the Rookie article.
Watson, the star of the Harry Potter films, amongst many others, is a speaker for women's rights. She also runs a feminist book club, which connected with the article Blanchard has written. While Watson retweeted a little something, Witherspoon gives some great words of encouragement to Blanchard after she meets her at an event:
— Rowan Blanchard (@rowblanchard) January 19, 2016
There's no doubt that Blanchard happy for all the support.
Besides getting her voice out about same-sex relationships in her personal life, she also talks about having it in her television show. Wetpaint shares Blanchard's thoughts of wanting her show to have a storyline pertaining to her character, Riley Matthews, being bisexual, and even dating a girl.
Disney Channel is not a channel that includes many same-sex stories in their television shows, but if Girl Meets World gives Blanchard the same-sex storyline, a new LGBT-friendly message will be born in the network.