EXPOSED! – Disney and Red Lobster Restaurant Chain Behind Anti-Gay Legislation In Florida

Two dangerous GOP bills racing through the Florida legislature would overturn several of Florida’s strongest local LGBT rights policies and would block future policies statewide.   The bills SB 726 which would eliminate requirements on what kind of benefits businesses must offer their employees prohibits local governments from requiring companies that they do business with to have family leave for domestic partners and would invalidate policies that already exist.  HB 655 would eliminate equal benefits ordinances (EBO) in the state as well as blocking the pending paid sick time referendum for all workers in that state

Proponents of the so-called pre-emption bills, which includes the Florida Chamber of Commerce, argue that local wage and benefit measures would create a regulatory patchwork unfriendly to business and cost jobs.

And as reported by the Orlando Sentinel and gay advocate and Bilerico journalist Michael Emanuel Rajner sponsors of the bill have admitted that Walt Disney World and Darden Restaurants, owner of the Red Lobster and Olive Garden chains, helped draft the legislation.

This is not the first time that Red Lobster has been caught in attempting anti-worker practices.  Red Lobster was also exposed with Papa John’s of planning to cut workers hours to get around paying for Obama’s healthcare plan.

And s for Disney.  It looks like its days, aren’t going to be so gay after this news gets out.



About Will Kohler

Will Kohler is one of America's best known LGBT historians, He is also a a accredited journalist and the owner of A longtime gay activist Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced on such notable media venues as BBC News, CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post, The Daily Wall Street Journal, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story. Back2Stonewall has been recently added to the Library of Congress' LGBTQ+ Studies Web Archive. Mr. Kohler is available for comment, interviews and lectures on LGBT History. Contact:

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