The Walt Disney Company’s connection to the LGBTQ+ community has reached a new level as heir to the family fortune, Charlee Corra Disney, has recently come out as transgender. At a Human Rights Campaign Dinner in Los Angeles on 12 March 2022, Disney revealed their gender identity during a speech.
It was revealed that Disney came out as a transgender man privately to their family four years ago – previously identifying as a gay woman.
While members of the Disney family tend to shy away from the spotlight, the news has pushed Charlee Corra into the public domain. Eagle-eyed Disney fans have noticed they received an acting credit in The Princess Diaries 2, so let’s explore.
Disney heir Charlee Corra’s career explored
Charlee Corra Disney landed their first job in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement at the age of 12. However, their acting career never blossomed as they left and were never involved in other projects.
Their father, Roy Partick Disney is a movie producer, and their aunt, Abigail Disney is a prominent figure in the industry which likely influenced this early endeavour.
30-year-old Charlee Corra now works in a high school teaching biology and environmental science.
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Who does Charlee Disney play in he Princess Diaries?
Charlee Corra Disney played the character of Princess Charlee in Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. They played a minor role with no lines but were involved in the sequence involving Julie Andrews and Raven-Symoné performing the song Your Crowning Glory.
The film was distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, a division of the company their great grandfather and great uncle founded, to which they are an heir.
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What is Charlee Disney up to now?
Aside from teaching high school, not much is known about the young Disney heir. While they have relatively shied away from media attention, they recently made headlines for speaking out against Florida’s new “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
The legislation was passed by Governor Ron DeSantis and prohibits the discussion of LGBTQ+ conversation in elementary school, meaning students cannot discuss matters of sexual orientation or gender identity.
“I had very few openly gay role models,” Disney told the L.A. Times. “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.”
Disney explained that they do not have much experience in speaking publically or advocating, saying they “don’t do very much to help.”
“I don’t call senators or take action,” they said. “I felt like I could be doing more.”
They noted that while they have had support and privilege, their journey of gender identity has been difficult.