Rowan Blanchard Opens Up About Identifying As Queer with 'Wonderland' Magazine

Rowan Blanchard Opens Up About Identifying As Queer with 'Wonderland' Magazine

Rowan Blanchard picks up a wispy flower in this shot from the new issue of Wonderland magazine.

Inside, the 14-year-old Girl Meets World actress and activist opens up about social media, her powerful essays and more. Check it:

On social media: “The thing that’s tough about it is that you’re subject to everybody else’s opinions when you didn’t necessarily ask for that…The downside to social media is it’s another place for girls to be made fun of and another way for girls to be degraded; the upside is that it’s also a way for girls – especially girls of color, for example – to speak out and to take back some control.”

On her essay for Rookie: “I think I felt a need to write that piece because I was sick of apologising for things that I really shouldn’t be sorry for. I see it now with my young sister and it scares me because I know at that age, when I was 12, I would literally spend 45 minutes putting on a whole face of make-up, when I really didn’t want to, but because I genuinely felt that if somebody saw me with my dark eye circles or a blackhead, that I’d risk offending them. You are supposed to say ‘I’m sorry’ for things that you’re not sorry for, especially to men. When I wrote the piece for Rookie it was kind of me trying to get other girls to start accepting themselves, but it was about me trying to get myself to stop apologising, too.”

On identifying herself as queer: “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…I’m okay with it now, but I still realize that I was allowing people to comment on something that’s very personal. The first day I tweeted about it, it was definitely scary to see people commenting about things that literally have nothing to do with them.”

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  • Tony

    I was part of that conversation and many things were being discussed. My impression was she said something she didn’t mean and freaked out . She left social media for a day and came back making it clear she liked boys and didn’t like labels . That pissed off the lgbt people who started calling her a fake and phoney. She then modified saying in the future she is open to any gender. A easy out statement. In the future I’m open to winning the lottery doesn’t make me a millionaire now.
    She’s a intersectional feminist . This buys her street cred with the lgbt community . Besides friends of hers have said she is straight.

    • Joolz

      I agree with you. I don’t even think she even knows what she’s talkin’ about. To me it sounds like she’s just talking and trying to sound smart. She is not queer as she says she is if she has never even been with girls. She’s only been with boys and she is only 14 years old. She is probably open to dating girls but she hasn’t dated any so she is not queer as she says. Once she dates then then she can say that. She just wants to be part of the LGBT community like you said. I’m kinda tired of this girl and her opinions. She just sounds like she’s tryin’ to be smart.

  • Dave Mills

    It looks like she’s learned from the process. Intelligent little girl