Disney Channel alumna Raven Symoné — star of the eponymously named 2000s series “That’s So Raven” — is speaking out against Florida legislation the media mischaracterized as the “Don’t Say Gay bill.”
Earlier this week, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed the bill into law. Beginning July 1, it will be illegal for educators to teach children in pre-K through third grade about gender identity and sexual identity.
Simoné said she opposes the bill — which does not ban use of the word “gay,” despite claims to the contrary — because she is a member of the LGBT community and wants an anti-straight law to counter it.
“I’m gonna say this, and this is my thing: If there’s a ‘Don’t Say Gay bill,’ there should be a ‘Don’t Say Straight bill,’ because it’s not fair,” she said during an appearance on NBC. “There are multiple kinds of humans in this world, and you are ruining the psyche, the confidence of so many young children, because you are discrediting their parents, the people they love, the people that raised them, the people that teach them the manners when they walk into that schoolroom.”
“So if you’re not gonna honor their family,” the celebrity continued, “your family shouldn’t be honored, either.”
On March 22, the Disney celebrity shared a video of herself and the co-stars of her “That’s So Raven” spinoff “Raven’s Home,” walking off their Disney Channel set in protest of Florida’s “parental rights” bill.
She captioned her post, in part: “Education that reflects the truth and the world we live in is something we must fight for.”
Simoné also spoke about her new YouTube series “8PM,” in which she and her partner, Miranda Maday, to whom she is now married, detail their lives together.
She told the co-hosts of “The Today Show” that she felt now was a “good time” to launch the documentary-style series “because I found my life partner” and “found the person that makes me comfortable and in my skin, and she’s down for the cause.”
“And, you know, she kinda brought it to my attention,” the Disney star said. “There are not a lot of people in the industry that are in our age bracket, a part of the LGBTQ+ community, multiracial, talented and want to make positive change, want to have conversations, want to make sure that, if you don’t agree, tell me why. You don’t have to cuss me out. You don’t have to cancel. You can just tell me why. And we can talk about it. And we can learn from each other, and I learn from her every day.”
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