A member of the Disney dynasty has come out publicly as transgender and expressed remorse over not doing extra about Florida’s recent, so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
Roy P. Disney — the great-nephew of Walt Disney and the co-founder of Walt Disney Co — disclosed lately in an announcement that his baby, Charlee, is trans.
Roy revealed the information whereas additionally pledging $500,000 to the Human Rights Marketing campaign (HRC) alongside his spouse, Sheri.
Charlee, 30, is a highschool biology and science trainer who makes use of they/them pronouns and got here out to their household 4 years in the past.
“Equality issues deeply to us, particularly as a result of our baby, Charlee, is transgender and a proud member of the LGBTQ+ neighborhood,” Roy wrote in an announcement.
Roy’s sister, Abigail Disney, tweeted her reward and adoration for her brother’s gesture. “Right now I’m busting with satisfaction at what my brother and his spouse have achieved. So proud so proud so proud!!!’ she wrote in response to his pledge.
The “Don’t Say Homosexual” invoice was signed by the Sunshine State’s Gov. Ron DeSantis final month and disallows academics from discussing sexual orientation and gender points with college students. Disney, the corporate, additionally lately slammed the law and introduced that they stand by members of the LGBTQ neighborhood.
Charlee obtained candid in an interview with the Los Angeles Times and mentioned their trans identification, in addition to discontent with DeSantis’ signing of the invoice.
“I really feel like I don’t do very a lot to assist. I don’t name senators or take motion. I felt like I may very well be doing extra,” Charlee famous earlier than speaking a couple of earlier lack of seen leaders to observe.
“I had only a few overtly homosexual function fashions. And I actually didn’t have any trans or nonbinary function fashions,” they continued. “I didn’t see myself mirrored in anybody, and that made me really feel like there was one thing fallacious with me.”
However Charlee additional questioned the deserves of the legislation because of bullying, anxiousness and the excessive danger of suicide within the LGBTQ neighborhood.
“To place one thing like this legislation on high of that?” Charlee stated. “They’ll’t study their neighborhood and their historical past in school, or play sports activities or use the toilet they wish to use?”
DeSantis beforehand recommended that Disney “has alienated lots of people now,” dumping extra criticism on the corporate.
“And so the political affect they’re used to wielding, I believe has dissipated,” DeSantis said throughout a news conference earlier this month. “And so the query is, why would you wish to have particular privileges within the legislation in any respect? And I don’t suppose that we must always.”
Abigail spoke to CNN on Sunday and responded to what she known as the politician’s “absurd” criticism and about her household’s legacy.
“This assault towards Disney was so timed and rolled out so strategically that it was actually exhausting for me to think about that it didn’t come from a sequence of selections that obtained made within the background,” she stated.
“There have been homosexual individuals whether or not or not the phrase was ever spoken,” the documentary filmmaker continued. “It denies the truth that everybody, conservative or not, has a homosexual good friend or a transgender member of the family.”