Disney Heir Comes Out As Transgender
A member of the Disney family came out as transgender amid the company’s criticized response to Florida’s Parental Rights in Education law — dubbed by critics as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill — and an ongoing feud with Gov. Ron DeSantis (R).
Last month, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) refused a $5 million donation from Disney Chief Executive Bob Chapek, saying it wouldn’t accept it “until [it sees] them build on their public commitment and work with LGBTQ+ advocates.”
Roy P. Disney, Walt Disney’s great-nephew, wrote an appeal to the HRC, saying, “Equality matters deeply to us, especially because our child, Charlee, is transgender and a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community.”
“I had very few openly gay role models,” Charlee Disney said. “And I certainly didn’t have any trans or nonbinary role models. I didn’t see myself reflected in anyone, and that made me feel like there was something wrong with me.”
Charlee Disney said legislation like the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill will exacerbate mental health difficulties for trans youths.
“Then to put something like this law on top of that?,” Charlee Disney said. “They can’t learn about their community and their history at school, or play sports or use the bathroom they want to use?”