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Disney Exec Responsible For "Don't Say Gay" Original Response Quits After 3 Months

Disney Exec Responsible For “Don’t Say Gay” Original Response Quits After 3 Months

A Disney executive who “allegedly” helped pen Disney’s original non-involvement public response to Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill, has decided to leave the company.

Via Inside The Magic:

“After three months in this new role, it has become clear to me that for a number of reasons it is not the right fit,” Morrell said in a letter to his team that CNBC has obtained. “After talking this over with [Disney CEO] Bob [Chapek], I have decided to leave the company to pursue other opportunities.

This change-up in leadership comes a few months after the revelation that Disney which had always been a strong LGBT ally had supported Florida’s controversial bill. Eventually, The Walt Disney Company issued a formal statement disavowing the bill after much blowback, but in the end it too late to fully save face thus facing backlash from both the LGBT community and the extreme right wing GOP/Q.

Disney is claims that it was Morrell who guided Disney and CEO Bob Chapek to publicly explain why it hadn’t taken a public stand on Florida’s controversial “Don’t Say Gay” legislation.

Morrell (a former BP executive) will be replaced by former President Biden appointee Kristina Schake who was hired earlier this month and will lead Disney’s communications efforts, reporting directly to Chapek. Schake will have “oversight for corporate and segment communications and continue to be our chief spokesperson,” Chapek said in a note to Disney staff.

Is Morell playing the patsy and falling on the sword for Bob Chapek? This we may never know.

What we do know is that Disney has a long way to go to make amends to the LGBT community because the passage and signing into law of Florida’s Don’t Say Gay Bill emboldened the GOP and the is just the start of a war against what rights we have been able to gain so far.

Be warned. More attacks are coming.

Homophobic Couple Kicked Off Plane. Claims It’s Because They Love Trump [VIDEOS]

Boing Boing reported on a viral TikTok video that shows a couple shouting homophobic slurs being forced to deboard a flight in West Palm Beach, Florida (of course).

“The woman cries ‘free speech is dead!’, gloats on the knowledge that her refusal to voluntarily deplane will result in the flight being delayed, then returns to muttering racist nonsense before delivering some impromptu praise for Elon Musk, ‘the f**king king,'” reported Rob Beschizza. “The disquisition on free speech continues as she declares her intention to sue the other passengers for their grumbled criticisms. ‘Hey, I guarantee I make more money than you buddy! We’re going to get [kicked] off the plane because we’re Trump supporters. Seriously, I really think that’s what it is!”

Yea. I’m sure the 10 Bloody Mary’s, low IQ, and obnoxious sense of entitlement had nothing to do with it.

Florida Family Beats Gay Man For Dating Son. Man Nearly Killed, Loses Sight.

Florida Family Beats Gay Man For Dating Son. Man Nearly Killed, Loses Sight.

Via Florida’s local ABC affiliate

Members of a Ukrainian refugee family appeared in a South Florida courtroom on Wednesday. That’s where they are facing hate crime and attempted murder charges for an alleged family ambush against a gay man. Police say Oleh Makarenko was in a nine-month homosexual relationship, which would end with his lover being beaten so badly by Makarenko’s family that the victim became blind. Authorities allege that Oleh Makarenko, who is also known as Alex, was being forced to marry a woman by his mother. On Aug. 6, three members of the Makarenko family barged into the victims home, according to police. A police report stated that, “All four of the suspects continued holding him and began punching, kicking, and hitting him all over his face and body.”

While in the war between Russia and the Ukraine we are all hoping that the Ukraine wins. But the Ukraine, like Russia is a very dangerous place to be LGBT.

Since the fall of the Soviet Union and Ukraine’s independence in 1991, the Ukrainian LGBT community has gradually become more visible and more organized politically. But it is still a place of extreme prejudice thanks to  the Eastern Orthodox Church, which has a significant influence on the perception by society of members of the LGBT community. 

Ft. Lauderdale Man Victim of Hate Crime. "Are you gay?"

Ft. Lauderdale Man Victim of Hate Crime. “Are you gay?”

Fort Lauderdale resident James Garcia said that he was taking his dog for a walk around 8 a.m. on Sunday morning when a man approached him. “He came up to me and asked me, ‘Are you gay?’ and then punched me.” And the stranger continued to punch him.

The results of his injures led him to get multiple stitches, seven on the forehead and three above the lip and fractured the cartilages on both sides of his nose.

 After being treated at a local hospital Garcia was able to id his attacker after looking at pictures provided by Fort Lauderdale Police.

On Tuesday officers arrested thirty-six-year-old Maurice Antwan Charles of Fort Lauderdale, a man with a lengthy criminal history at a local hotel close to the victim’s home.

“This is a crime of hate. Whether he was targeting me, someone else he suspected as part of the LGBTQ community,” said Garcia  “Yes, definitely a crime of hate.”

Florida has become a problematic state for members of the LGBT community and use extreme caution when alone or in the company of strangers.

Q - GOP Protests Continue At Disney World Over "Don't Say Gay"

GOP/Q Protests Continue At Disney World Over “Don’t Say Gay”

*REMINDER: Disney played both sides against the middle. The entire time the “Don’t Say Gay” law worked it’s way through Florida’s congress Disney’s CEO purposely did not involve the company despite the fact they call themselves “strong allies” to the LGBT community. When that was found out Disney encountered enormous pushback it was then. And only then did Disney come out against the law and now the Q/right wing is pushing back also.

Via Orlando’s ABC News affiliate:

“People came out Saturday to rally against Disney near one of the park’s entrances. Protesters said they are not happy with the company’s so-called political agenda. Channel 9 saw protesters holding signs calling Disney “groomers” and asking them to revoke Disney’s autonomy. The governor signed the controversial bill more than two weeks ago. It bans schools from discussing sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade. Disney has slammed it, saying it never should have passed and it’s the company’s goal to help repeal the law.

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Florida Department of Education Bans 54 Math Textbooks For LGBT “Indoctrination”

Via The Miami Herald:

“The Florida Department of Education on Friday said the state will not include dozens of math textbooks in a list used by school districts to buy books for classrooms because their content included references to critical race theory and other “prohibited topics” and “unsolicited strategies. The announcement was made in a press release titled “Florida Rejects Publishers’ Attempts to Indoctrinate Students.” It did not include the names of any of the books or provide specific examples of the content that prompted their objections.

The FDE agency that 54 of the 132 textbooks that publishers submitted for the state’s review were “impermissible with either Florida’s new standards or contained prohibited topics . Most of the books that were not approved were for grades K-5.

Must have been the Binary numbers.

Disney Exec Responsible For "Don't Say Gay" Original Response Quits After 3 Months

Disney Gave Florida GOP Over $190K Ahead Of “Don’t Say Gay” Law

Remember: Disney IS NOT innocent. For such a staunch LGBT “ally” they had no problem throwing us under the bus when they felt it would be to their benefit.

Via Politico:

“Weeks before The Walt Disney Co. took a stand against Florida’s contentious “Parental Rights in Education” law — which has been called the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by its critics — the theme park operator and entertainment conglomerate donated $190,000 to support Florida Republicans. The company gave $125,000 to the Republican Party of Florida and $65,000 to a committee that helps elect GOP state senators, led by incoming state Senate President Kathleen Passidomo. All the donations, which were disclosed in new campaign filings Monday, arrived as the state legislative session was getting underway in January.

Trust no one. Not even a mouse.

Or in this case a RAT.

16 States Currently Pushing "Don't Say Gay" Laws

16 States Currently Pushing “Don’t Say Gay” Laws

Conservative lawmakers in 16 mostly red states across America are considering new legislation that would bar teachers from “introducing concepts of sexual orientation or gender identity to young students”, imitating a new Florida law that opponents have dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” Law.

Falling back on the Ron DeSantis’ and Anita Bryant’s “Save The Children Campaign” playbook of “gay panic” the following states all have anti-LGBT legislation in the works.: Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Alabama, Arizona, Iowa, New Jersey, Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky, South Carolina, Illinois, Rhode Island, Ohio, and South Dakota.

“Battles over sex education in schools have been a constant front in the culture wars that have raged between liberals and conservatives for decades” aid Aaron Ridings, chief of staff and deputy executive director for public policy and research at GLSEN. ““There’s a chilling effect from all of these bills on people who are LGBT”

Alabama Senate Approves “Don’t Say Gay” Law 

Alabama Senate Approves “Don’t Say Gay” Law 

Via The Birmingham Herald

The Alabama Senate passed its own version of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law Thursday after a surprise amendment to a transgender bathroom bill. At the start of debate Thursday, an amendment was offered that would stop K-5 elementary teachers from “instruction” on sexuality and gender. The bill passed the Senate 26-3. Since it was amended, it needs to go back to the House for final approval. In addition to instructional limits, the bill requires students to use school bathrooms and locker rooms that match the sex on their birth certificate.

The GOP in Red states are following the templates that have be devised by renegade Florida and Texas. This will not stop until we make them stop.

Ohio GOP Introduces HB 616, It's Version of Florida's "Don't Say Gay" Law

Ohio GOP Introduces HB 616, It’s Version of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” Law

HB 616, an Ohio bill introduced Monday afternoon duplicates Florida’s Don’t Say Gay law and states that no public school, community school or private school that accepts vouchers shall “teach, use, or provide any curriculum or instructional materials on sexual orientation or gender identity” in kindergarten through third grade. Older students could discuss these issues, but “any curriculum or instructional materials on sexual orientation or gender identity” would have to be “age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.” 

Republican reps. Jean Schmidt, R-Loveland, and Mike Loychik, R-Cortland, sponsored HB 616 and introduced it to the Ohio senate.

Currently NO school in the United States uses any curriculum or instructional materials on sexual orientation or gender identity

The legislation would also ban other divisive concepts like the 1619 Project, critical race theory, intersectional theory, inherited racial guilt, diversity, equity, and inclusion learning outcomes and “any other concept that the state board of education defines as divisive or inherently racist.”

Democratic Rep. Brigid Kelly called that “a huge problem.”

“We’re not giving people access to the tools, the materials, the lessons they need to prepare children for the diverse world that exists,” Kelly said. 

The two largest lobbying groups for Ohio’s educators, the Ohio Education Association and the Ohio Federation of Teachers, oppose the legislation.