Entertainment TV Raven-Symoné Says Disney Asked About Making Her 'Raven's Home' Character a Lesbian: 'I Said No' "There was no reason for me to change the human that she was in order to fit the actress that played her," she said By Dory Jackson Dory Jackson Instagram Twitter Website Dory Jackson is an Associate Editor for PEOPLE's digital TV team. While at the brand, she's had the opportunity to interview a long list of celebrities, from Kate Hudson to Pierce Brosnan to Billy Porter. She also recaps popular TV shows like The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules.The New York-based Maryland native graduated from Randolph-Macon College in May 2016 with a focus in Communication Studies and Journalism. She came to PEOPLE in March 2021 after working at a number of major news companies, including Newsweek and Us Weekly. She also previously co-hosted a podcast called "Idol Nation." People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 8, 2021 03:33 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Raven-Symoné's titular character on Raven's Home could have been a member of the LGBTQ+ community. During a recent appearance on the Pride podcast, Raven — who came out as a lesbian in 2013 after the legalization of same-sex marriage — revealed that Disney Channel executives asked whether she was interested in having her Raven's Home character identify as a lesbian in the reboot. "You know what, there was a conversation before the series started and I was asked the question, 'Would you like Raven Baxter to be a lesbian?' And I said, no. I said no," Raven, 35, said. "And the reason I said no wasn't because I wasn't proud of who I was, or I didn't want to represent the LGBTQ+ community in any way. It was because Raven Baxter is Raven Baxter is Raven Baxter." The View alum continued, "There was no reason for me to change the human that she was in order to fit the actress that played her. And Raven Baxter is a character that I was proud to play, even if she is straight, cisgender, I don't mind. Let her have her moment. She was divorced though, and I had no worries about saying, 'No boyfriends.'" Bob D'Amico/Disney Channel/courtesy Everett Raven-Symoné and Wife Miranda Pearman-Maday Hit the Red Carpet at the Daytime Emmy Children's Awards Raven's Home is a spinoff to Raven's former Disney Channel series That's So Raven, which aired from 2003 to 2007 for four seasons. In the revival series, which premiered in 2017, Raven and her best friend Chelsea (Anneliese van der Pol) are both divorced single mothers raising their children together in the same Chicago home. Raven's son Booker (Issac Ryan Brown) also inherited her psychic abilities. On the podcast, Raven joked that the "quiet undertones" of her character living with Chelsea "was enough" to insinuate about her private life. Raven-Symoné. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Raven married wife Miranda Maday in a private ceremony in June 2020. "Despite being someone who has kept my personal life private, I decided to share this moment because it's one of the biggest and happiest of my life," Raven previously told PEOPLE. "Miranda makes me feel confident and empowered in an entirely new way," she continued. "We planned our ceremony together and it was a true reflection of our love and partnership." Now, the couple is planning on starting a family together. "I want four kids. I want a big family," she told Entertainment Tonight in May. "I want to be able to make sure that the gatherings at the dinner table and the gatherings at holidays are full of excitement and fun."