Andres HernandezAndres Hernandez likes to attend the Manhattan Pride Parade. “I always feel so light and weightless when I’m there,” he reflects. Andres enjoys the music, the floats, the dancing, and the crowds. But the corporate support of the event makes him uneasy. Disney’s involvement, in particular, seems to be a marketing strategy. In 2016, Disney and ESPN marched together under the banner “Celebrating All Families.” The irony wasn’t lost on Andres. For decades, Disney films perpetuated traditional gender roles in American culture. “Disney pushed binaries and ideas of man and woman that woman has to be this and man has to be that, and then to see them at Pride seems contradictory.” Andres remarks.

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