Disney Executive Producer Admits Her ‘Gay Agenda’, ‘Adding Queerness’ Wherever She Could
At a staff meeting on Florida’s recent enactment of the Parental Rights in Education Bill, a Disney executive producer said she was advancing a “not at all secret gay agenda” to insert homosexuality into children’s animation.
Latoya Raveneau, executive producer of Disney Television Animation, explained how the studio’s treatment of her progressive ideas challenged her negative expectations of the company, in a video obtained by journalist Christopher Rufo. Instead of vetoing her proposals for LGBTQ-friendly Easter eggs or overt references in her series, Disney gladly accepted and included them, she claimed.
“In my little pocket of Proud Family Disney TVA, the showrunners were super welcoming. . . to my not-at-all-secret gay agenda,” she said. “Maybe it was like that in the past, but I guess something must have happened . . . and then like all this momentum I felt, this feeling of ‘I don’t have to have scared of having these two characters kissing in the background.’ I was just, wherever I could, adding homosexuality…. Nobody wanted to stop me, and nobody was trying to stop me.
She said that when she joined, she assumed Disney would try to keep LGBTQ elements out of content for younger audiences, but she was pleasantly surprised.
“I love Disney content. I grew up watching all the classics. They’ve been a huge informative part of my life, but at the same time, I’ve worked in small studios for most of my career and had heard whispers. I had heard things like, “They won’t let you show that on a Disney show.” So I was a little suspicious when I started, but my experience was the opposite of what I had heard,” she said.
Raveneau serves as executive producer of Disney Junior’s upcoming musical series, “Rise Up, Sing Out,” featuring music from The Roots, which “addresses the subject of coming together to fight racism and celebrate black culture!” , according to his LinkedIn profile . She’s also the director of the upcoming animated series, “The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder.”
“Latoya is a rare and uniquely talented person who uplifts everything she touches, and her creative sensibilities span stories for preschoolers, children, families and adults,” said Meredith Roberts, vice -Senior President/General Manager, Television Animation, at Disney Branded Television. Deadline earlier this month.
Raveneau’s leaked comments came out on Tuesday, the day after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed the Parental Rights in Education Bill, dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by critics, which prohibits the teaching of gender identity and sexual orientation to children in kindergarten through third grade.
Disney management condemned the legislation and tried to pressure DeSantis to kill her, but he refused to budge. A group of California Disney employees organized a walkout last week to protest the measure, wearing rainbow colors, holding signs with pro-LGBTQ slogans and shouting “Say Gay”, as they marched down the street.
The governor criticized the company for its hypocrisy in advance national social justice causes while doing business in China with the blessing of the Chinese Communist Party, a regime known for its human rights abuses regarding Uyghur Muslims, Hong Kong, Tibet, and more.
DeSantis told supporters in Boca Raton earlier this month that Florida policies should be based on “the best interests of the citizens of Florida, not the musings of woke corporations.”