In a recent interview for the "Pride Podcast," the out Raven-Symone explained why she didn't want her character to also be a lesbian on her "That's So Raven" revival, "Raven's Home. The year-old actress revealed that producers and executives for the show had initially asked if Symone was interested in having her iconic Disney Channel persona identity as a queer. However, Raven declined the offer. I said no. She went on to say that the character's sexuality should have nothing to do with her own, and while Symone may relate to Raven Baxter on a certain level, they're still two separate people. Raven-Symone came out to the world as a lesbian woman in after same-sex marriage was legalized. In statement through her representatives at the time she shared, "I was excited to hear today that more states legalized gay marriage. I, however, am not currently getting married, but it is great to know I can now, should I wish to. In the recent "Raven's Home" reboot, Raven Baxter is a divorced single mom who raises her kids with her equally-single best friend Chelsea, played by Annelise van der Pol.
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Back in July of , the spin-off heard around the world hit our televisions in the name of the hit show Raven's Home. The show was a continuation of its original, That's So Raven , both starring the super talented Raven-Symone. The show centers around Raven Baxter, who is now a divorced mother of two, who still catches glimpses of the future, but now she uses those powers to help her be a better mother, friend, and fashion designer. Her son has also inherited her psychic ability to look forward, causing mischief from time to time. But as the saying goes, what happens on the show, stays on the show, and Raven means that literally. While speaking to the Pride podcast, Raven revealed that Disney actually offered to make the spin-off character a lesbian to accommodate Raven-Symone, who is gay in real life. If you recall, Raven has quietly spoken about her sexuality in the past up until formally announcing she was gay. In fact, back in , she praised the U.
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A former Disney child star has spoken about hiding her sexuality for years due to industry pressures. Raven-Symone, who starred in the Disney Channel's That's So Raven from to but is now known for her roles as Olivia on Empire and as a co-host on US daytime talk show The View , has appeared in a video for LGBT youth charity It Gets Better, in which she explained that, although she knew she was attracted to women from an early age, she felt a need to remain silent. Raven-Symone has revealed she felt uncomfortable coming out while in the public eye. This is crazy! The actress, whose parents moved from Atlanta to New York when Raven-Symone was aged just three for her career as a child performer, recalled seeing the backlash Ellen DeGeneres faced when she came out on her own sitcom in Even if I got sick I would have been like, 'I'm taking this to the grave'. Raven-Symone said she only considered coming out when she fell in love, and decided she wanted to leave the industry, saying keeping such things a secret "eats at your soul". It was only then that she decided to stop thinking she could hide her sexuality by "having a husband and having a friend". The actress "came out" to her fans in , in a tweet following the US Supreme Court's decision to allow marriage equality.