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Disney executive seeks to make half of its characters LGBTQ+, minorities by the end of the year

A Disney executive has vowed to make Disney characters more inclusive.

The entertainment giant will be working on making underrepresented groups, such as racial minorities and the LGBTQ community, account for at least 50% of its regular character lineup by the end of the year.

According to Karey Burke, president of Disney’s General Entertainment Content, the company needs to do more to make its content more inclusive overall (New York Post).

“I’m here as the mother of two queer children, actually. One transgender child and one pansexual child, and also as a leader,” she said in a company-wide zoom call. Burke wants to feature “many, many” characters who are LGBTQIA. The zoom call was part of Disney’s “Reimagine Tomorrow” campaign.

Disney has also added to its website a promise to make 50% of regular and recurring characters across the Disney universe come from “underrepresented groups.”

Burke went on to say she was shocked to learn there were only a handful of queer Disney characters. “And I went, ‘What? That can’t be true,’” she said.

“And I realized it actually is true. We have many, many, many LGBTQIA characters in our stories and yet we don’t have enough leads and narratives in which gay characters just get to be characters and not have to be about gay stories.”

ARTICLE: JILLIAN WEIDNER

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