Raven-Symone Says She Doesn’t Want to Be Labeled as ‘Gay’ or ‘African American’ [VIDEO]
Raven-Symone is 100 percent proud of who she is, but she is tired of being labeled.
In a recent sit-down with Oprah Winfrey on Oprah's 'Where Are They Now?' the 'That's So Raven' star discussed her identity -- and why she does not want to be labeled "gay" or "African American."
When Oprah brought up the actress' 2013 tweet about gay marriage (which many saw as her coming out), Raven was quick to explain her statement.
"That was my way of saying, I'm proud of the country," she explains. "But I will say that I am in an amazing, happy relationship with my partner, a woman."
And while she says she is "proud to be who I am, and what I am," she does not "want to be labeled gay."
"I want to be labeled a human who loves humans," she says. "I'm tired of being labeled. I'm an American. I'm not an African-American. I'm an American."
"Oh, girl, don't set the Twitter on fire," Oprah immediately jokes, seemingly taken aback by her response. "What did you just say? Stop!"
"I will say this: I mean, I don't know where my roots go to. I don't know how far back they go," Raven clarifies. "...I don't know what country in Africa I'm from. But I do know that my roots are in Louisiana. I'm an American. That's a colorless person. We're all people. I have lots of things running through my veins."
When Oprah notes that the star is going to receive "a lot of flack" for her controversial comment, Raven further explains her stance.
"I have darker skin. I have a nice, interesting grade of hair," she says. "I can connect with Caucasian, I connect with Asian, I connect with Black, I connect with Indian. I connect with each culture."
"You're a melting pot in one body," Oprah laughs.
"Aren't we all? Isn't that what America is supposed to be?" she responds. "I personally feel that way."