Raven house Star Raven-Symoné has opened up about the “challenges” of deciding to come out in public.
The Disney Channel star has previously opened up about knowing she was gay when she was 12, but explained that she didn’t feel able to come out after seeing the negative public reaction to other stars had seen revealing their sexuality.
In a new interview with E! News, ahead of the 10th anniversary of her coming out, the pop culture icon, now 37, has delved deeper into her feelings at the time and urged queer kids to keep pushing for liberation.
“There were many challenges. There was the collapse of the wall I had been building for so many years,” said the former child star. “I felt very vulnerable. It was an interesting wound to open up publicly.”
Symoné’s coming-out journey began in 2013 when she celebrated the federal recognition of same-sex marriage in the United States.
“I was thrilled to hear today that more states have legalized gay marriage,” she said at the time. “However, I’m not currently getting married, but it’s great to know that if I want to, I can now.”
Symoné married her partner Miranda Maday in June 2020.
Since revealing her sexuality, Symoné has been vocal in her fight for LGBTQ+ rights in the US. She left the Disney’s set last year Raven housealong with her castmates to protest Florida’s Don’t Say Gay legislation, which she condemned as “stupid and ridiculous.”
She also requested that state legislators answer a very simple question: Why aren’t there “don’t say straight” laws?
Now she speaks out on behalf of young LGBTQ+ people who are bearing the brunt of a series of divisive laws restricting their rights across America.
“You’d better get on with it,” she said. “Because you guys are changing all kinds of conversations I didn’t even know were possible.”
The star, who recently received the Icon Award at the 9th Annual Better Brothers Los Angeles Truth Awards, has also committed to putting LGBTQ+ stories at the forefront of her professional life.
“I want to make sure I’m creating content that reflects the community that we are a part of, respectfully and with dignity,” she said.
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