Former Cosby kid Raven-Symone has confirmed she’s gay.
The 27-year-old actress took to Twitter to celebrate the recent Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage in several U.S. states.
“I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you,” she tweeted last week.
A few days later, Symone explained her joyful reaction.
“I am very happy that gay marriage is opening up around the country and is being accepted. I was excited to hear today that more states legalized gay marriage,” she told E! News in a statement. “I, however, am not currently getting married, but it is great that I can now, should I wish to.”
Symone, who also starred in the Disney Channel series That’s So Raven, has long avoided discussing her sexuality.
In an interview last year, she said, “I’m living my personal life the way I’m happiest. I’m not one, in my 25-year career, to disclose who I’m dating and I shall not start now.”
Surprisingly, the response to Symone’s coming out has generated a substantial volume of negative backlash on Twitter, with the majority of tweets appearing under the hashtag #childhoodruined.
From @Hunter_Maki: “Raven Symone is a Lesbian?! Childhood ruined…”
From StephDsays: “Raven Symone comes out and ruthlessly ruins peoples lives.”
From @ThatDudeMCFLY: “My childhood dreams just crashed and burned…Raven Symone is OFFICIALLY a lesbian. I’ve lost her and Ellen to this.”
On the positive side, music mogul Russell Simmons tweeted: “proud of Raven Symone’s courage.”
And this retort from @TDotOpenLetter: “Dear idiots. If your childhood was ruined because Raven Symone is gay, then you deserve to have your childhood ruined.”
Obviously this isn’t the first time that the public has responded negatively to a celebrity revealing their sexuality.
Back in 1997, Ellen DeGeneres revealed that she was gay and several right-wing religious groups immediately demanded that ABC cancel her sitcom Ellen.
Former ‘N Sync member Lance Bass says he was ostracized in his home state of Mississippi after announcing he was gay in 2006. Bass claims his family even received death threats.