Raven Symoné and Disney Channel Team up for an Uplifting and Inspiring Pride Month Message
Hot off the heels of the Raven’s Home debut on Disney+, this company had another Raven-related surprise for fans on social media. The actress behind the character, Raven Symoné, shared her well-wishes for viewers in the LGBTQ community. Here’s what Raven Symoné had to say about celebrating Pride this June.
Raven Symoné is the star of Disney Channel originals, including ‘That’s So Raven’ and ‘Raven’s Home’
Oh, snap! There’s always something crazy going on when Raven Baxter is involved. Since Disney Channel premiered their original series, That’s So Raven in 2003, fans saw this character dress as everything from a sheep to a cow to a barracuda.
With over 100 episodes released, this comedy show also touched on a lot of real issues, including racism, body image, and stealing. Then, Raven Symoné reprised her role for a spinoff series, Raven’s Home, which recently made the switch to Disney’s streaming platform, Disney+.
Now, Raven Symoné is back with a message for fans on social media. This video was in honor of LGBTQ Pride Month, celebrating the “strength” and selflessness of the community.
For Pride Month, Raven Symoné shared her thoughts with fans
Since starring in multiple Disney Channel shows, Raven Symoné opened up about her sexuality with fans. In 2014, she told Oprah, according to Time Magazine, that she’s dating a woman, although she doesn’t like attaching labels to her identity.
Since then, she’s been an inspiration for many fans. This Pride Month is no different. The actress released a message on Disney Channel’s social media platforms, sharing what Pride means to her. Within a day, the video earned over 15,000 likes.
“We’re in a new age where it’s not just black and white anymore. We have purple, red, and the entire rainbow. Everybody wants to be treated with respect and it’s beautiful,” Raven Symoné said during the video.
“I love being able to come together with all walks of life, all ages, all colors, and celebrating the unity of being our authentic selves,” she continued. “Pride to me means strength. Pride is selfless. Pride is friends, family. Pride is you.”
Other stars involved with Disney Channel have since elaborated on their sexuality
Raven Symoné wouldn’t be the last member of the LGBTQ family who previously collaborated with Disney. Sonny With a Chance and Camp Rock’s Demi Lovato since came out as bisexual.
Hannah Montana actress Miley Cyrus since came out as pansexual, often advocating for the community and appearing alongside drag performers. Shake It Up’s Bella Thorne identifies as pansexual, as well.
Television series and movies featuring these actresses, including the recently released Disney Channel spinoff, Raven’s Home, is available for streaming on Disney’s subscription service. To learn more about Disney+ and to subscribe, visit their website.