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To: Bob Chapek, CEO, Disney
Disney: Have PRIDE! Show kids and families an LGBTQ main character!
LGBTQ kids and families are celebrating their PRIDE right now, but they won’t see that pride -- or themselves -- on Disney+. That’s because unlike Nickelodeon, Netflix, and Cartoon Network, Disney has NEVER had an LGBTQ main character in a major movie or show! Disney needs to stop telling queer kids and families we aren’t the heroes and give us an LGBTQ main character!
Why is this important?
Research consistently shows that media representation matters, especially for kids, who take their cues for how they are allowed to show up in the world from the movies and shows they watch. By prominently featuring an LGBTQ child or family in a major show or film, Disney would be sending a powerful message to queer kids and families that they belong, are normal, and are heroes in their own right. They would also be modeling for all kids and families that LGBTQ people are important, valuable, and worthy of respect.