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‘Cosby’ kid, ‘That’s so Raven’ star Raven-Symone comes out on Twitter

Friday, August 2, 2013

Raven-Symone, who played 3-year-old Olivia on the 1980s sitcom “The Cosby Show,” and later starred in the Disney Channel sitcom “That’s so Raven,” indicated publicly for the first time on Friday that she is a lesbian.

“I am very happy that gay marriage is opening up around the country and is being accepted,” Symone said in a statement through her representatives.

“I was excited to hear today that more states legalized gay marriage. I, however am not currently getting married, but it is great to know I can now, should I wish to,” she said.

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Earlier Friday, Symone tweeted, “I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you.”

A spokesperson for Symone said the tweet came after the actress heard an NPR report that more states had just legalized same-sex marriage.

Marriage equality laws took effect Thursday in Minnesota and Rhode Island, just weeks after same-sex marriage became legal in Delaware and California.

Symone’s sexual orientation was the subject of much speculation after the National Enquirer reported last year that she was living with an openly gay America’s Next Top Model contestant, to which she then tweeted: “”My sexual orientation is mine, and the person I’m datings to know. I’m not one for a public display of my life.”

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  1. wow, now that one surprised me :) good for her…..

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:11am
  2. Wasn´t her orientation common knowledge for like 2 years now?

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:11am
  3. Surprised me too, awesome!

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:11am
  4. good fro her..

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:12am
  5. Why is everyone surprised??? I´ve known she was a lesbian since before Cheetah Girls…

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:12am
  6. Why is this making news NOW? She came out like 5 years ago.

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:13am
  7. I´m so proud of her! Way to go! Queen Latifah is next

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:13am
  8. DUH

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:13am
  9. Awesome. LGBT youth shouldn´t be ashamed, be who you´ll be and tell the world you´re okay with it, and they should be too. <3

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:14am
  10. And? The Big deal is? Get over it … :)

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:14am
  11. Queen has been out for years! Keep up Sean…

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:14am
  12. Oh really, who´s next? Ellen DeGeneres? Lol

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:14am
  13. thats good to come out :) the more celebs that comes out the better things may get i think ! congrats on comming out to the world Raven-Symone !

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:15am
  14. um i still love her

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:15am
  15. Congratulations! We need more LGBT role models out there.

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:15am
  16. nothing new

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:15am
  17. That´s so Raven!!

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:15am
  18. Good for her

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:16am
  19. Haha she´s been out for a few years now…

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:16am
  20. O-O

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:17am
  21. Omg i never woulda guessed such, but thats cute n im glad shes bein HER! U go gurl!

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:17am
  22. Surprises everywhere :D

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:17am
  23. Surprised? I´m not, but then again she could give others courage to be honest about who they are, and to stand up to those who don´t want them to?

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:17am
  24. She didnt confirm it.

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:17am
  25. She kind of came out when she went out with that one actress (don´t remember name)

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:18am
  26. she has NOT be out for years.. was outed (kind of) by the Enquirer last year, but for all you who KNEW years ago, she has never publicly acknowledged she´s gay until today.

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:18am
  27. Good for her!
    A very talented woman.

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:18am
  28. News is always behind the gaytimes

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:18am
  29. I read about that a while ago on an article titled “Celebrities we didn´t know were gay.” That article also included Victor Garber, Fiona Shaw (Aunt Petunia on the Harry Potter movies) and that kid from Kyle XY.

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:19am
  30. I knew it! Love her!

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:20am
  31. Queen Latifah has never been out, just to point that out to an earlier commenter. She said she “doesn´t like talking about her personal life. People can continue to assume what they want. They do it anyway.”

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:20am
  32. Didn´t this happen a couple of years ago? Or is my gaydar now clairvoyant too?

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:20am
  33. That Cool

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:21am
  34. No surprise. Knew this years ago!

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:21am
  35. yay! good for Raven…she´s a great role model…

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:21am
  36. woah

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:22am
  37. I did not know this that´s cool

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:22am
  38. But the important question is, is she available?

    I kid (mostly). Good for her – she´s a wonderful actress. I loved That´s So Raven as a kid.

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:23am
  39. Cool.

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:23am
  40. Not a good role model for children, but I´m happy that she´s chosen to accept her orientation.

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:23am
  41. Whether she´s gay straight bi lesbian doesn´t really matter as long as she founds somebody who loves her and she loves them just as Equally we should wish her all the best in life

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:24am
  42. She´s not a good role model for many reasons – NOT due to her orientation. Clarifying.

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:24am
  43. That is so Raven.

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:25am
  44. It makes me really frustrated with society that “coming out” is even a thing. Why should anyone have to “come out?” Why can´t they just be who they are? I don´t really feel like the sexual preference of an individual is anyone´s business. I think we need to get rid of labels, because all they do is separate us. I wish we could all just be people, people who love in many different ways. It shouldn´t matter what shape, size, or color we come in, because at the end of the day, we are all human beings. It is insane how impossible it seems to be to achieve something so simple…

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:26am
  45. :o That´s neat.

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:27am
  46. she´s so hot…I´d marry her!

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:27am
  47. Well now I want to know what America´s Next Top Model contestant she was/is living with…

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:28am
  48. Kelsey

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:28am
  49. duhh

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:28am
  50. She´s been out forever, now. I wonder why everyone´s making such a huge deal of it at this point.

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:29am
  51. wow

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:31am
  52. For everyone who says this just happened today, it was speculated years ago, but it´s been close to a year since she came out on Twitter.

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:32am
  53. I don´t know when she actually came out, whether it was today or a long time ago, but I´m happy to have an actress I really loved as a kid not be ashamed of being queer.

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:34am
  54. OMG -dies- LOVE IT!!!

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:36am
  55. Jacalyn, she was living with Azmarie.

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:36am
  56. @Matt Williams, she did not come out on Twitter a year ago. Her exact tweet last year was “My sexual orientation is mine, and the person I’m datings to know. I’m not one for a public display of my life.” In other words, none of your damn business — that´s not coming out. Today she came out.

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:37am
  57. Even though this is old news, I still get really happy whenever I remember that Ravan is gay :3 somehow it makes the world better

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:42am
  58. Good for her.. She´s beautiful.. I´d date her lolol jk jk I´m happily in love with a beautiful woman for 5 1/2 years now

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:44am
  59. Welcome to the family Raven! Have always loved you. Now I have a reason to love you more!!! xxx ooo

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:46am
  60. She was cute as a lil kid but now that shes an adult- not so cute.

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:47am
  61. I love you Raven! Stand proud gurl.

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:49am
  62. This is old news js…but congrats to the new states we can get married in now :)

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:49am
  63. I was clueless till now, but amazing, just like she is. way to go girl! That´s so Raven! ;D

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:53am
  64. Didn´t she come out a while ago? She was dating a contestant from Top Model.

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:54am
  65. Good for her. Everybody deserve to be happy and marry whoever they want. I for example got married with the love of my life :-)

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:54am
  66. ^ WTF? Seriously? Keep that attitude up and you´ll be going “AMANDA BYNES” on us. That´s a hard road.

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:57am
  67. Umm she didnt exactly come out – she made a statement about finally being able to marry – not quite the same thing. I think the only thing she has ever mentioned is that her personal life is her business and whoever she is dating business……basically no one elses business

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:57am
  68. Whoa!! Didn´t even see that coming!! Good for lil Chica!!

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:58am
  69. I seem to recall she was already out….

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 5:03am
  70. my name is Raven, I have a little sister named Simone, and I´m a lesbian…
    wtf…

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 5:04am
  71. Hahahaha yessssssss

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 5:06am
  72. Girl Raven u r looking good. :) :)

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 5:06am
  73. Isn´t this old news?

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 5:08am
  74. I always loved her

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 5:12am
  75. Her show was funny

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 5:15am
  76. shocked, but wow :O

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 5:16am
  77. way to go!!! you are hot!!!

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 5:16am
  78. I knew it!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 5:19am
  79. good for her!

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 5:22am
  80. good cause shes hot

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 5:26am
  81. I knew!! Good for her!!

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 5:27am
  82. LGBT NATION

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 5:28am
  83. omg yes! she is soo fine!

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 5:29am
  84. not hating at all: but what if she was just waiting to get married until everyone in her state could??? just curious

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 5:31am
  85. wait, i thought she was already out!? or does my gaydar work through the media? because i´m sure i already knew this….

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 5:31am
  86. This is OLD news…

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 5:38am
  87. Yayyyy!

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 5:49am
  88. good for her for living an honest life

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 5:51am
  89. Wait. I´m Lesbian, and i didn´t know this. So—–there

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 5:51am
  90. Wow didn´t know that!

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 5:52am
  91. I knew it

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 5:54am
  92. WHAT

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 5:55am
  93. YAY!

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 5:59am
  94. Wow! I heard that all Lesbian´s new all Lesbians.

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 5:59am
  95. good for her im so proud we support you raven symone

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 6:02am
  96. yes we do welcome to the gay world you are very supported

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 6:24am
  97. Wow this is a shocker but good for her!

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 6:25am
  98. WOW! AWESOME!

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 6:26am
  99. crush

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 6:58am
  100. Riley Rose Remick Smothers

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 7:00am
  101. kewl

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 7:13am
  102. I knew it I knew it since she was on the cheeetah girl´s

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 7:16am
  103. Welcome to the family girl

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 7:16am
  104. I love Raven, Now I know why. Happy!!

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 7:19am
  105. omg

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 7:20am
  106. She´s been out for a while.

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 7:22am
  107. That´s SO Raven!

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 7:24am
  108. I admire her but long for the day when people won´t have to come out at all.

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 7:26am
  109. Good for you Raven! Congratulations! It is so important to live life as true to yourself as possible.

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 7:28am
  110. So what?

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 7:48am
  111. No one HAS to “come out” it isn´t really anyones business what someones sexual identity is.

    HEY EVERYONE I´m Human. Whew, glad I got that off my chest.

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 7:50am
  112. Welcome i hope u enjoy ur stay with us….#wink

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 9:25am
  113. cool

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 9:39am
  114. more power to her

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 10:52am
  115. It isn´t news, knew that a good long time. I´m glad she is finally happy with herself and no longer hiding. Such a beautiful young woman.

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 11:20am
  116. knew it. About time. And good for her.

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 11:41am
  117. So huge an announcement, because all those people who have “known” her all this time and watched her grow up know that she´s a person with likes and dislikes, hopes, wishes and dreams. So proud of her!

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 11:52am
  118. She came out years ago.

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 12:10pm
  119. Lets not make a big deal over this……for those who knew before well good for you but not all of us knew untill today,and the bottom line is that know we all know about this

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 12:55pm
  120. :)

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 12:58pm
  121. good for her. :)

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 12:59pm
  122. Luke, it is not about being non-private, it is about trust and honor. You don´t have to come out as a human cause it is already known and frankly it is the “status quo”. Coming out to different people mean different things. To some people it is for trust and truth. For some it can be to see who your true friends and loved ones are. I see nothing wrong with “coming out.” What do you do when you actually can get married and you tell your friends who think you are straight (there are those that do and don´t have a gay dar for their friends) and when they are told they turn their backs?

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 1:22pm
  123. good for her..she was the cutest little girl on the Cosby Show and has always carried herself with class and always seems so warm and kind, some of these other child actors should follow the example she has set instead of acting like overly important, overly indulged rotten human beings! Good for you, Raven!

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 1:35pm
  124. GREAT!

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 2:19pm
  125. I guess she was BORN that way too, huh?

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 2:55pm
  126. Go, Raven! :D

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 2:57pm
  127. Welcome Raven!!

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 3:10pm
  128. GOOD for her!!!

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 3:50pm
  129. Good for her! Go Girl!!

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:29pm
  130. not so straight, I like her more now

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:36pm
  131. woohoo <3

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:39pm
  132. so what…leave her alone…whats the big deal about wat anyone sexual orientation is these days…just as long as the persons happy thats wat matters not who they sleep with…

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 4:58pm
  133. I love Raven! Please tell me? What´s the big DEAL!?

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 5:08pm
  134. i didnt know that wasnt public… maybe it was like underground gay news b/c ive known for years O_o

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 5:52pm
  135. Good for her. I can´t wait til we get to the point we don´t have to tell folks we are out. Hell it aint none of their damn business…lol

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 5:54pm
  136. …FINE : HAVE A NICE LIFE IN THIS WORLD : SHALOM/PEACE…& LOVE !! <3 !

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 5:56pm
  137. I thought that that was already fact because I read it somewhere a few months ago and it didn´t seem to suggest that it was just a rumor.

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 6:32pm
  138. FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!………I´ve known this for quite some time……..my gaydar went out of control when I saw her recently on TV…….good for you, girl!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 6:37pm
  139. old news…she dated AzMarie from Americas Next TOp model for a while.

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 6:57pm
  140. Good 4 her…….

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 7:14pm
  141. duh? but good for her to finally come out? lol (thought she already had…)

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 7:30pm
  142. Go, Raven!

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 8:46pm
  143. She´s hilarious and needs to be back on TV.

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 9:38pm
  144. Emancipation Raven! Good for you!!!!!! Congratulations!

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 9:44pm
  145. Wishing you all the best, Raven!

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 10:06pm
  146. Brandon Scott, Did you see this ??????

    Posted on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at 11:27pm
  147. I thought she came out a long time ago….

    Posted on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 12:52am
  148. She has been out for aaaaages.

    Posted on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 1:07am
  149. I had Not

    Posted on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 3:07am
  150. I think she is brave and beautiful and cool to do this

    Posted on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 3:33am