Actress Raven Symone Fights Against ‘Gay’, ‘African-American’ Labels

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Raven-Symone doesn’t want you to call her ‘gay’ or ‘African American’.

In her recent interview with Oprah Winfrey, the former star of That’s So Raven talked about coming out of the closet, and her hate for labels.

Raven had come out in a cryptic tweet last year praising the government’s decision to legitimize gay marriages, and when asked by Oprah is that was what she indeed meant, she said: “That was my way of saying I’m proud of the country. But, I will say that I’m in an amazing, happy relationship with my partner. A woman.”

“I don’t want to be labeled ‘gay,'” Raven said. “I want to be labeled ‘a human who loves humans.'”

She then took it to all forms of labels, adding that she didn’t want to be called African American either.

“I’m tired of being labeled,” she said. “I’m an American. I’m not an African-American; I’m an American.”

“I mean, I don’t know where my roots go to,” Raven explained. “I don’t know how far back they go… I don’t know what country in Africa I’m from, but I do know that my roots are in Louisiana. I’m an American. And that’s a colorless person.”



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