Former Disney Channel star Alyson Stoner alleged that she was dismissed from the network after publicly identifying as “queer” in 2018.

Stoner, who now prefers they/them pronouns, recently claimed on a podcast that the channel terminated their contract following their coming out.

The actor, appearing on “I’m Literally Screaming With Spencewuah” podcast, accused Disney Channel of engaging in discriminatory behavior by firing them.

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Former Disney Channel star Alyson Stoner recently claimed the network fired her after she came out as queer in 2018.
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The 29-year-old actress appeared in various Disney Channel series, including “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody,” “That’s So Raven,” and “Phineas and Ferb.” Stoner also starred in popular original films like “Camp Rock,” alongside fellow Disney Channel alum Demi Lovato.

Although Stoner did not disclose the specific production they were working on at the time of their dismissal, they claimed that the network deemed their orientation “unsafe” for children.

The actor explained to podcast host Spencer Hunt, “I did end up getting fired from a children’s show because they felt that I was unsafe, now that they knew I was queer, to be around kids.”

Stoner further revealed on the podcast that this decision came after they publicly came out in a Teen Vogue essay.

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Former Disney Channel star Alyson Stoner claimed the network felt their queer sexual identity was unsafe for children in 2018.
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In the essay, the actor revealed their attraction to individuals of all gender identities, stating, “men, women, and people who identify in other ways.” They added, “I can love people of every gender identity and expression. It is the soul that captivates me.”

In the recent interview, the former child star explained that writing the essay was a “nerve-wracking” experience. However, Stoner believed it was crucial to do it out of respect for their girlfriend at the time.

Stoner mentioned that keeping their relationship a secret until the essay was published “didn’t feel good for her, it didn’t feel fair. And even though there were other pressures and considerations for me to be public, I felt like, ‘OK, I wanna … I wanna do this.’

Stoner recalled their manager, Kevin Jonas Sr., warning them about the “potential risk” of releasing the essay at that time.

Despite the warning, Stoner proceeded with it. On the podcast, they said, “It was totally my choice, but it could affect not only people’s perceptions but also their hireability for jobs.”

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