Discussion comes in response to Florida’s bill against teaching schoolchildren gender identity.
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.
SCOOP: I’ve obtained video from inside Disney’s all-hands meeting about the Florida parental rights bill, in which executive producer Latoya Raveneau says her team has implemented a “not-at-all-secret gay agenda” and is regularly “adding queerness” to children’s programming. pic.twitter.com/eJnZMpKIXT— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) March 29, 2022
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.
SCOOP: Disney corporate president Karey Burke says, “as the mother [of] one transgender child and one pansexual child,” she supports having “many, many, many LGBTQIA characters in our stories” and wants a minimum of 50 percent of characters to be LGBTQIA and racial minorities. pic.twitter.com/oFRUiuu9JG— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) March 29, 2022
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.
SCOOP: Disney diversity and inclusion manager Vivian Ware says the company has eliminated all mentions of “ladies,” “gentlemen,” “boys,” and “girls” in its theme parks in order to create “that magical moment” for children who do not identify with traditional gender roles. pic.twitter.com/OWsGTUoeCA— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) March 29, 2022
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.
SCOOP: Disney production coordinator Allen March says his team is committed to “exploring queer stories” and has created a “tracker” to make sure they are creating enough “gender nonconforming characters,” “canonical trans characters,” and “canonical bisexual characters.” pic.twitter.com/ddSzw4aqQv— Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) March 29, 2022
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.
I had dinner with the governor, @ChristinaPushaw and a few others last week. I don’t remember them erasing me or criminalizing my existence but the steak was quite good. Also the governor got a huge standing ovation from the entire restaurant on his way out… https://t.co/HFcmi5SRHi— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) March 29, 2022
Meanwhile, four Disney employees were arrested during a human trafficking sting operation in central Florida earlier this month.