An heir to the Disney fortune publicly came out as transgender recently and said they should have done more to speak out against Florida’s controversial “Don’t Say Gay” law.
Roy Disney, the great-nephew of Walt Disney and the co-founder of Walt Disney Co, announced that his son, Charlee, was transgender.
“Equality matters deeply to us especially because our child, Charlee, is transgender and a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community,” Roy wrote in an appeal to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the largest LGBTQ+ advocacy group in the United States.
Charlee, a 30-year-old high school biology and environmental science teacher, came out as transgender privately four years ago.
Charlee criticized the Parental Rights in Education Act in Florida, which opponents dubbed as the “Don’t Say Gay” law, noting that LGBTQ+ children were already dealing with high rates of depression, anxiety, bullying, and suicide.
“Then to put something like this law on top of that? They can’t learn about their community and their history at school, or play sports or use the bathroom they want to use?” Charlee told the Los Angeles Times.
The Florida law prohibits classroom discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity from nursery to the third grade.
Roy and his family pledged $500,000 in donations to HRC.
Charlee’s mother, Sheri, said that the donation was to remind people that LGBTQ+ children need support.
“I have a trans kid, and I love my kid no matter what,” Sheri said, according to Los Angeles Times.
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