Disney heir comes out as transgender and speaks out against ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill

Charlee Corra Disney, one of the heirs of The Walt Disney Co.publicly came out as transgender and condemned anti-LGBTQ2 legislation in the United States.

In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Corra (who uses the pronouns they/them) said her speech at the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) annual gala in March was a outgoing audience for them.

Prior to the gala, Corra, 30, had been personally transgender for four years. Corra initially identified as gay before coming out as trans.

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“I had very few openly gay role models,” Corra told the Los Angeles Times. “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.

At the HRC event, Corra announced that her family would match up to US$250,000 in donations to HRC, the largest LGBTQ2 advocacy group and LGBTQ2 political lobbying organization in the United States.

This amount was later doubled to $500,000 by Roy P. Disney, Corra’s father and grandson of the company’s co-founder.

The Disney family’s donation came after the HRC declined a $5 million donation from The Walt Disney Co., in early March. The HRC refused the donation due to the company’s initial silence and inaction on Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which has now been signed into law and prohibits instructions about sexual orientation or gender identity from kindergarten to 3rd grade.

Disney CEO Bob Chapek has since apologized for the company’s silence.

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Yet, as the Disney Company faced public scrutiny and employee protests over its initial silence on the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, the Disney family is speaking out in support of LGBTQ2 rights.

“Equality matters deeply to us,” Roy P. Disney wrote in a statement, “especially because our child, Charlee, is transgender and proud to be a member of the LGBTQ+ community.”

Because of this, Sheri Disney – Corra’s mother – told the Los Angeles Times that she was disappointed with the actions of The Walt Disney Co., “but had no doubts that the company would work things out.” She hopes the $500,000 donation will be a “bridge” to show the family’s commitment to gay and trans rights.

“I feel like I’m not doing much to help,” Corra said.. Corra does not work for Disney, but is a high school biology and environmental science teacher.

“I don’t call senators and I don’t act. I felt like I could do more. »

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