Disney heir comes out as Transgender and apologises for not doing more against controversial bill 2 months ago

Disney heir comes out as Transgender and apologises for not doing more against controversial bill

Their family have pledged $500,000 to a LGBTQ+ advocacy group

An heir to Walt Disney's wealth has come out as Transgender whilst apologising for their silence on Florida's controversial 'Don't Say Gay' bill.

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Charlee Disney, a 30-year-old biology teacher, was thrust into the spotlight after their father, Roy P Disney, the great-nephew of Walt Disney, publicised their gender identity.

Charlee came out to their family four years ago and goes by they/them pronouns.

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getyy Charlee goes by they/them pronouns/Via Getty

At the time, Roy and his wife Sheri had pledged to match donations of up to $500,000 to the Human Rights Campaign, America's largest LGBTQ+ advocacy group.

"Equality matters deeply to us especially because our child, Charlee, is Transgender and a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community," wrote Roy P Disney in an appeal to the group.

"I have a Trans kid, and I love my kid no matter what," Sheri Disney said, according to the LA Times.

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This all comes in response to Florida's 'Don't Say Gay' bill which seeks to criminalise teaching young kids about the LGBTQ+ community.

"I feel like I don't do very much to help. I don't call senators or take action. I felt like I could be doing more," Charlee said. "I had very few openly gay role models."

They continued: "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."

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Getty Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed the bill on March 28/Via Getty

Disney CEO Bob Chapek has been under considerable pressure since Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed the bill on March 28.

Chapek initially refused to get involved - but after a staff walkout and a massive amount of social media pressure, he agreed to donate $5m to Human Rights Campaign.

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