Alyson Stoner has revealed that they were fired from an unnamed children’s show after coming out as queer.
The 29-year-old Camp Rock star – who uses the pronouns she/she – has opened up about the aftermath and challenges they faced when it came to their careers after sharing their sexuality.
In an appearance on the podcast I literally scream with Spencewuahthe Ohio native described the alleged discrimination they faced in Hollywood after coming out in 2018.
They revealed that they were considered “unsafe” by employers to work around children because of their sexuality, resulting in their dismissal and forever affecting their careers.
Alyson Stoner (pictured in 2018) has revealed they were fired from an unnamed kids show after coming out as queer
In an appearance on the podcast I’m Letterly Screaming with Spencewuah, the 29-year-old – who uses she/she pronouns – spoke out about the aftermath of sharing their sexuality
They revealed that they were considered “unsafe” by employers to work around children because of their sexuality, getting them fired and forever affecting their career (Alyson pictured as a dancer for Missy Elliot’s Work It 2002 video)
Alyson said of the time they were discussing coming out: “It was really nerve wracking and the reason I ended up doing it was because my girlfriend got to a point in our relationship at the time where it felt like it was a disservice to her to hide her.
“While there were other pressures and considerations about going public, I felt like I wanted to do this.”
The former dancer revealed that after revealing they were queer, they ended up being fired from their jobs, which led them to star in a children’s show.
“I ended up getting fired from a kids show because they thought I was unsafe now that they knew I was strange to be around kids.
“So there was definitely discrimination there, but the beauty far outweighs the hate comments and death threats,” Alyson said.
Before coming out, the dancer said they spoke to their managers and even the father of the Jonas Brothers, Kevin Jonas Sr, 58, to assess the risks as they had been warned by many that after the confession they would no longer be available for hire.
While Kevin was “loving,” Alyson noted that others on their team weren’t as supportive.
They said, ‘He was supportive and helpful when I understood there are risks in doing this [and] it’s entirely my choice, but it can influence not only people’s perception, but also employability for jobs.’
The former dancer (seen in 2010) revealed that after revealing they were queer, they were eventually fired from their jobs, leading them to perform on a children’s show.
In the past, Alyson has revealed that their faith played a big part in their decision to keep quiet about their sexuality for so long
The former acting pro (shown in 2020) wrote in a 2018 Teen Vogue essay about falling in love with a woman
In the past, Alyson has revealed that their faith played a big part in their decision to keep quiet about their sexuality for so long.
“My faith played a huge role in every aspect of my life at the time, and my worldview neither supported nor accepted same-sex relationships.
“I prayed in turmoil every night, begging to be healed of these desires.”
The former acting professional wrote about falling in love with a woman in one Teen Vogue thesis in 2018.
“I, Alyson, am attracted to men, women and people who identify in other ways. I can love people of any gender identity and expression.
‘It is the soul that fascinates me. It’s the love we can build and the goodness we can contribute to the world by supporting each other’s best journeys,” Alyson wrote.
Just days after revealing the truth behind their sexuality, Alyson revealed that they were scared but happy to be free.
Just days after revealing the truth behind their sexuality, Alyson revealed that they were scared but happy to be free
Shortly after coming out, the former dancer (shown in 2011) went to “gay conversion therapy” because they “felt like everything was wrong”
The 29-year-old (shown in 2019) came to realize that these pastors developed their view of queer people because of religious influences from a specific “environment and time period”
“I’ve had a very long career as a conservative. I am still who I am. I’m just more honest and truthful,” they told the outlet.
Shortly after coming out, the former dancer entered “gay conversion therapy” because they “felt like everything was wrong.”
In a 2021 interview with InsiderAlyson began about going to an “outpatient version” of conversion therapy, an experience so painful they called it “really hard” to revisit.
‘I felt stuck. I felt miserable. I felt like everything was wrong with me, even though in my heart all I longed to be a devoted follower of God,” they told the outlet.
The Cheaper by the Dozen star added, “So to hear from people you trust, from people you respect, from people you might even want to become, that you’re essentially ‘rotten, horrible’, that the devil has a target on your back because of your position in Hollywood… It just spirals you, at least for me, because I just wanted to do the right thing.”
Alyson (shown in 2011) first hit the spotlight in 2002 when they worked as a backup dancer for Missy Elliot and later starred in a number of Disney Channels shows
Now Alyson (pictured in 2019) is spending their time speaking out against the discrimination against those who are queer
The 29-year-old eventually realized that these pastors developed their view of queer people because of their own religious influences from a specific “environment and time period.”
Alyson first came to limelight in 2002 when they worked as a backing dancer for Missy Elliot.
They became a Disney Channel star by appearing in Drake & Josh, That’s So Raven, The Suite Life of Zach and Cody, and most notably Camp Rock.
Now Alyson spends his time speaking out against the discrimination against those who are queer, and has even written a book called Mind Body Pride to help people form a deeper connection with their sexuality.