Raven-Symoné isn’t here for making all characters gay when it comes to television and streaming shows.
With the controversy around introducing characters from the LGBTQ+ in television and streaming shows, some actors don’t always find it necessary.
Actress Raven-Symoné’s character (Raven Baxter) of her popular Disney show, “Raven’s Home,” could have been a same-sex gender-loving member of the community. However, Symoné thought otherwise when she communicated with the execs from her parent network.
Symoné, who came out as a lesbian back in 2013, made an appearance on the Pride podcast where she revealed that Disney executives of the show asked her to consider having her character identify as a lesbian for the reboot. This came after the legalization of same-sex marriages on June 25, 2015.
“There was a conversation before the series started and I was asked the question, ‘Would you like Raven Baxter to be a lesbian?’ And I said, no,” said the 35-year-old actress. “And the reason I said no wasn’t because I wasn’t proud of who I was, or I didn’t want to represent the LGBTQ+ community in any way. It was because Raven Baxter is Raven Baxter.”
“The Cosby Show” alum further explained why she didn’t see it fit to switch things up for her iconic character.
“There was no reason for me to change the human that she was in order to fit the actress that played her,” she continued. “And Raven Baxter is a character that I was proud to play, even if she is straight, cisgender, I don’t mind. Let her have her moment. She was divorced though, and I had no worries about saying, ‘No boyfriends.'”
The original series, “That’s So Raven” debuted in 2003 and had four successful seasons before its end in 2007. “Raven’s Home,” the spinoff, premiered in 2017 and chronicles the adventures of Raven Baxter and her best friend Chelsea (Anneliese van der Pol). Both women are divorced single mothers raising their children under the same roof in Chicago. Symone’s son on the show, Booker (Issac Ryan Brown), has inherited his mother’s psychic abilities.
Symone has been married to her wife, Miranda Maday, since June 2020. The two wed in a private ceremony. The actress told PEOPLE magazine that, “Despite being someone who has kept my personal life private, I decided to share this moment because it’s one of the biggest and happiest of my life.”
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