Sharing with satisfaction! Celebrities like Raven-Symoné, Dan Levy and extra have turn out to be necessary figures inside the LGBTQ group as they’ve championed equality each on and offscreen.
The That’s So Raven alum’s personal life turned the topic of headlines in August 2013 when she tweeted her response to the legalization of same-sex marriage. “I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you,” she wrote on the time.
Three years later, she spoke about her journey to self-acceptance and admitted that she “never thought” she would publicly come out.
“Being on television sets from age 3 till age 30, I’m more comfortable there,” she mentioned in a May 2016 video for the Lexus L/Studio docuseries It Got Better. “I know what lines I’m supposed to say. Somebody else picks my clothes for me. I have makeup done. I have hair done. And you create a family with these people that sometimes are closer to you than your own family.”
The Disney alum felt like she couldn’t be trustworthy about her sexuality as a result of she had been “branded at such a young age” to suit the community’s picture. “I never thought I would come out because my personal life didn’t matter,” she mentioned on the time. “It was only what was supposed to be sold as the Raven-Symoné brand.”
Though she’d recognized she was interested in ladies from a younger age, the previous The View cohost took her time when approaching her sexuality in public. Levy, for his half, got here out to his dad and mom when he was 18 — however as soon as feared that he would at all times have to cover his id from the remainder of the world.
“I legitimately thought that I would have to live with this secret — my being gay — for the rest of my life because I didn’t have the security of seeing a lot of people like myself being celebrated in popular culture,” the Schitt’s Creek creator and star mentioned in September 2019 on the GLAAD Gala in San Francisco. “Had I not had the love to give me a sense of security, I don’t know if I would have found my way out of the closet, let alone create the opportunity for myself to tell stories on television that have effected some kind of positive change in the world.”
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The Emmy winner portrayed queer romance with positivity throughout the six seasons of Pop TV’s Schitt’s Creek, which got here to an finish in early 2020. Though the Rose household isn’t any extra, Levy vowed to maintain telling trustworthy tales for his communities.
“Support, encouragement and love: three relatively simple acts of kindness that can change the course of a person’s life,” he mentioned on the time. “I promise to continue to do my part in celebrating this radiant community in all the work that I do, big and small.”
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