On February 25th the Florida House of Representatives passed a bill that critics call the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. The bill is now set to go before the Florida Senate on Monday.
The bill would “prohibit primary school educators from engaging in discussions related to sexual orientation or gender identity.” and “restrict mention of LGBTQ+ topics in classrooms that are not ‘age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students.’”
On Saturday Disney has issued a rather lackluster statement regarding the bill. In the statement, Disney notes that they “understand how important this issue is to [their] LGBTQ+ employees and many others.” Disney goes on to say that for “nearly a century, Disney has been a unifying force that brings people together. We are determined that it remains a place where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.”
That is all well and fine and thank you for the Gay Days (although your movie inclusion could be better) but REALLY is this the BEST Disney who owns roughly 30,000 acres in Central Florida and brings billions of dollars to Florida’s economy yearly can do to help protect LGBT children and Americans?
You’ll be okay as long as you are in our park. -SMFH-
The Bill has received heavy criticism from a number of individuals and groups, including the President of the United States. LGBT activist and advocates across the country have said that the bill will “harm LGBTQ youth by shunning representation and inclusion from classrooms.” They also say that by erasing the presence of LGBT from lessons, it implies that “students should be ashamed or suppress their gender identity or sexual orientation.”
So Disney it is time for you to finally put up or shut up when it comes to the support of LGBT Americans because being an ally means a helluva lot more than a pair of rainbow mouse ears
Then there is THIS also.
NEW: Disney responds to protests and calls for action surrounding Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill, saying in part, “The biggest impact we can have in creating a more inclusive world is through the inspiring content we produce.”— Good Morning America (@GMA) March 4, 2022
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