Disney heir comes out as transgender amid corporate PR nightmare
Charlee Corra, the great-grandnephew of Walt Disney and the great-grandson of co-founder Roy O. Disney, – who has been dubbed the heir to the popular entertainment and media conglomerate – turned publicly revealed as transgender.
Corra’s public outing as a trans man – after privately coming out to his family four years ago – comes as The Walt Disney Company has struggled with the fallout from its response to controversial legislation in Florida which prohibits any discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity in elementary classrooms, but which critics say will lead to censorship of older students and singling out of LGBTQ students or students with same-same parents sex.
Currently, Disney is facing criticism from powerful institutions, people and organizations on both sides of the issue. On the one hand, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who recently signed into law the banning of LGBTQ content, a threatened to challenge Disney’s autonomy exception in Florida law after the company condemned “Don’t Say Gay” legislation.
On the other hand, the company is still dealing with internal fallout, especially among its LGBTQ employees, for its lukewarm response to the “Don’t Say Gay” bill when it was introduced. Disney CEO Bob Chapek originally remained silent on the bill, wishing to avoid conflict or confrontation, and defended his actions when pressed.
Although the company eventually reversed course, halted all political donations in Florida, and promised to donate money to LGBTQ-serving organizations, many of its employees staged walkouts to protest the failure of the company to lobby against the bill, and the human rights campaign eventually rejected a ‘promise’ of $5 million de Chapek, citing the company’s reluctance to speak out against the controversial measure.
“The Human Rights Campaign will not accept this money from Disney until we see them build on their public commitment and work with LGBTQ+ advocates to ensure that dangerous proposals, like the Don’t Bill t Say Gay or Florida Trans, don’t become dangerous laws, and if they do, work to get them off the books,” Joni Madison, acting president of the Human Rights Campaign, said in a statement to the ‘era.
“While Disney has taken an unfortunate stance of choosing to remain silent amid political attacks on LGBTQ+ families in Florida – including working families employed by Disney – today they have taken a step in the right direction. . But it was only a first step,” the statement added.
The company has since attempted to leverage Corra’s exit to argue that the company will continue its “engagement and work” with the LGBTQ community. Write in an “appeal” to the human rights campaign, Roy, Corra’s father. P Disney said “equality matters deeply to us, especially because our child, Charlee [Corra]is transgender and a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community.
For her part, Corra, a high school biology and environmental science teacher, has reached an important milestone in her personal journey. Addressing the Los Angeles TimesCorra noted that while he was born into one of the wealthiest and most powerful families in the world, he also had to deal with many identity issues that other LGBTQ people face.
“I had very few openly gay role models,” Charlee said in the interview. “And I certainly didn’t have any trans or non-binary role models. I didn’t see myself reflected in anyone, and that made me feel like something was wrong with me.