Charlee Corra, of Disney, has come out publicly as transgender.
Corra announced that their family would match up to $250,000 donations to the Human Rights Campaign. According to NBC News, Corra’s stepfather is Roy P. Disney, who is also the grandson of Roy O. Disney.
Roy O. Disney co-founded the Walt Disney Company. Disney said he would increase the donation match to $500,000. In a statement, Disney said, “Equality matters deeply to us, especially because our child, Charlee, is trangender and a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community.”
Disney stated the family was heartbroken when Governor Ron DeSantis signed the Parental Rights in Education Act, which has been nicknamed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
Corra, who is largely referred to as Charlee Disney, is a high school biology and environmental science teacher. They have said their journey has been difficult, despite the love and support from their family, and the privilege their family has.
Corra said, “I had very few openly gay role models. 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 there was something wrong with me.”
Corra went on the condemn the Parental Rights in Education Act, pointing to increased rates of depression, anxiety, bullying, and suicide among LGBTQ people.
ARTICLE: JILLIAN WEIDNER
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