toddler tv show Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood (1966-2001) arrived in Rock Island when we got PBS in 1971 or 1972. I was too old for it, but my sister Tammy watched, and sometimes I caught a glimpse while waiting for Cartoon Showboat.
The live-action segments I could do without: Mr. Rogers visits a nursery school or a bakery, or tries to put things together. But I liked the Neighborhood of Make Believe, a medieval kingdom with both puppet and real-life residents who weren't entirely maudlin.
The other residents didn't display any heterosexual interest, and many had gender-atypical traits which allow for a gay reading.
X the Owl, with a Southern drawl and an affinity for Benjamin Franklin.
Daniel Striped Tiger, a tame tiger of French ancestry, neat, tidy, fashion-conscious, who carefully points out that his middle name has two syllables.
Not a lot of beefcake, but Joe Negri was cute (early photo, left), and Chuck Aber (top photo) had a muscular physique.
In 2012, an animated sequel, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, premiered on PBS. Set entirely in the Neighborhood of Make Believe (which has somehow become a tropical jungle), it stars the children of the original cast. Apparently Lady Elaine Fairchild and Daniel Striped Tiger were heterosexual after all.
But not X the Owl -- he's raising his young nephew, O the Owl. So maybe there's still a gay neighbor in Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.