Discussion comes in response to Florida’s bill against teaching schoolchildren gender identity
In response to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signing HB 1557 into law this week, Disney employees held a meeting to discuss how they will try to push back in court.
The bill reads, “classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.”
Journalist Christopher Rufo was able to obtain footage of Disney’s virtual meeting regarding the bill.
Latoya Raveneau, an Executive Producer at Disney Television Animation, explained during one segment of the meeting how she has a “not-at-all-secret gay agenda” she tries to place into shows she produces.
For example, in “The Proud Family”, Raveneau said she was “adding queerness” wherever she could, like two same-sex characters kissing.
Another video posted by Rufo showed Disney Corporate President Karey Burke explaining how her experience as a mother raising one trans child and one pansexual child has helped her realize there aren’t enough queer lead characters in Disney movies and shows.
“We have many, many, many LGBTQIA characters in our stories and yet, we don’t have enough leads,” she complained.
Disney’s Diversity and Inclusion Manager Vivian Ware explained that their theme parks have removed all gender-based greetings and trained their staff to say “friend” or “dreamer” instead of boy or girl.
The company’s Production Coordinator Allen March’s team created a “tracker” to ensure a sufficient amount of “gender nonconforming characters”, “trans” and “bisexual” characters are appearing in Disney programming.
During another part of the meeting, Disney’s activism partner Nadine Smith of Equality Florida told gay Disney employees that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) and his press secretary Christina Pushaw want to “erase” them, “criminalize” their existence and take their kids.
Gay Republican commentator Dave Rubin joked that he had dinner with DeSantis and Pushaw last week and that they didn’t criminalize his existence, adding, “but the steak was quite good.”
“Also the governor got a huge standing ovation from the entire restaurant on his way out…” he concluded.
Meanwhile, four Disney employees were arrested during a human trafficking sting operation in central Florida earlier this month.