February 5, 2014

Liana Gangi

How do you imagine a stylish, sassy, finger snapping, ex- child star would bring the news of her sexuality into the world? I’m picturing a feisty dance number and the necessary amount of ‘OH SNAP’ and ‘YOU NASTY’ quotations to fulfil a childhood addiction of That’s So Raven.

But for Ms Raven Symonè it was a subtle tweet about gay marriage in the USA that the worldwide media has understood as her official ‘coming out’ on her sexuality.


The tweet was cheeky and sneaky, in typical Raven-esque style.

But maybe nowadays, that is as big of a deal as ‘coming out’ should be.

In a society that can be discriminating against what many see as the ‘new normal’ (yes, intentional TV show pun about a gay couple wanting to raise a child), Raven’s casual approach to her sexuality can be representative of the open minded acceptance that our society is slowly starting to reflect.

Not that coming out of the closet can be seen as all rainbows and unicorns…

Because although there are many glorious people out there who can understand that  sexuality isn’t as simple as choosing black jeans over blue, there are still many who find it a struggle to come to terms with their own sexuality, let alone share it with the rest of the world.

“My sexual orientation is mine, and the person I’m datings to know. I’m not one for a public display if my life” – Raven via her twitter in early 2012.

Raven shows that not is the issue about ‘coming out’– at times, it can be a matter of common privacy! The Australian Government made those righteous equality rules for a reason! And whether that reason is your sexuality, bank card password or the fact you still sleep with a Teddy at night, it is your decision to make it public or private.

The more we as a community, society, universe or galaxy (hey, Mars deserves marriage equality too!)  take the thinking out of gay marriage or one’s sexuality, the less unthinkable it becomes. Perhaps the less we think about it, the easier it will be for everyone to have the chance to marry who they love. Just like Raven said in the conclusion of Season 2, Episode 8 (quoting the series may or may not be my secret party trick) ‘People…are all beautiful’, size, race and SEXUALITY included. Oh Snap to that!

– Liana Gangi



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