Raven-Symoné’s main character in Raven’s Home could have been a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Raven’s Home is a spinoff of the former Disney Channel series That’s So Raven , which ran from 2003 to 2007 for four seasons.
Raven-Symoné says Disney was asked about making Raven’s character a lesbian
During a recent appearance on the Pride podcast, Raven, who came out as a lesbian in 2013 following the legalization of same-sex marriage, revealed that Disney Channel executives asked her if she was interested in having her Raven’s Home character identify as a lesbian in the reboot.
“You know what? There was a conversation before the series started and they asked me the question, ‘Would you like Raven Baxter to be a lesbian?’ And I said no. I said no,” said Raven, 35.
“And the reason I said no wasn’t because I wasn’t proud of who I was, or because I didn’t want to represent the LGBTQ+ community in any way. It was because Raven Baxter is Raven Baxter is Raven Baxter.”
The View alum continued, “There was no reason for her to change the human she was to fit the actress who played her. And Raven Baxter is a character I was proud to play, even if she’s straight, cisgender, I don’t care. Let her have her moment. However, I was divorced and didn’t care to say, ‘No boyfriends.'”
Raven’s Home is a spinoff of the former Disney Channel series That’s So Raven , which ran from 2003 to 2007 for four seasons.
In the revival series, which premiered in 2017, Raven and her best friend Chelsea (Anneliese van der Pol) are divorced single mothers raising their children together in the same Chicago home. Raven’s son Booker (Issac Ryan Brown) also inherited her psychic abilities.
On the podcast, Raven teased that the “quiet nuances” of her character living with Chelsea “were enough” to hint about her private life.