Raven-Symone Doesn't Want to Be a 'Gay African American' (VIDEO)

Raven-Symone, Oprah WinfreyRaven-Symone may be all grown up now, after having spent her childhood in the public eye, but she's comfortable in her own skin, and don't even think about trying to label her. In a recent interview with Oprah Winfrey, the 28-year-old opened up for the first time about "coming out" in 2013, and why she doesn't identify with being an African American.

It was sort of funny that Oprah was much more taken aback by the former Cosby Show star's refusal, as a black woman, to call herself African American.


Speaking about labels, Raven said, "I'm an American. I'm not an African American." Visibly taken aback, Oprah interjected, "Oh girl, don't set the Twitter on fire. What did you just say?"

And this is when I decided that I really like Raven-Symone in a way I just haven't since her Hangin' With Mr. Cooper days. She replied coolly and calmly, "I don't know where my roots go to. I don't know what country in Africa I'm from, but I do know I have roots in Louisiana. I'm an American, and that's a colorless person. We are all people. I have lots of things running through my veins. I connect with each culture."

Wow! It seems like she is totally keeping it real, and keeping the definition of the American melting pot alive.

Speaking of labels, don't call her gay either. After remaining pretty mum on her private life, despite growing up in the spotlight, she made some pretty decent headlines when she tweeted in August 2013, "I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you." It was the first time she publicly addressed her sexuality, and her sit down with Oprah was the first time she's done a one-on-one about it.

Oprah asked her when she "knew" who she was, i.e., when did she discover that she liked girls?

"I knew when I was 12. I was looking at everything," she said, alluding to more of a bisexual nature than anything else. She continued, "I don't need a categorizing statement for it. I don't want to be labeled gay. I want to be labeled a human who loves humans. I'm tired of being labeled ... I'm in an amazing, happy relationship with my partner, a woman. On the other side, my mother and people in my family, they've taught me to keep my personal life to myself as much as possible, but I am proud to be who I am and what I am."

And that apparently isn't an African American lesbian -- she's just Raven, and that is just fine.

Do you think Raven-Symone's refusal to be labeled as an African American or a lesbian is offensive or refreshing?


Image via Raven-Symone/Instagram

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