Disney employees went on strike this week to protect Disney’s response to the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law — a new law on parental rights in education being enforced in Florida.
What is the Don’t Say Gay Law?
Last week, the state of Florida passed a controversial law barring schools from teaching students about gender issues and sexual orientation, prompting a slew of backlash. The Republican-controlled state’s new law means teachers risk a potential lawsuit if they fail to comply with the new law.
Last week, Disney CEO Bob Chapek failed to publicly condemn the “Don’t Say Gay” law and on Tuesday launched a strike by Disney employees in support of the LGBTQ+ community. Although only a small percentage of Walt Disney Co workers attended the training, there were various demonstrations across the US, including at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Many of Disney’s biggest brands also showed support for the LGBTQ+ community during the company-wide strikes, including ESPN. They tweeted: “ESPN believes in inclusion and condemns laws and policies in the United States that violate human rights. We stand by our LGBTQIA+ colleagues, friends, families and fans,” the account said. “We will continue to work with organizations that support the LGBTQIA+ community, be held accountable when we fall short of expectations, and never stop telling stories about LGBTQIA+ athletes.”
Support for the LGBTQ+ community
Disney Parks expressed its agreement with that LGBTQ+ community by posting “ALL who come to this happy place welcome” on their Instagram; the same words Walt Disney said during the Disneyland opening ceremony in 1955. Alongside the caption was also a photo of rainbow colored Mickey Mouse ears expressing that they are “in solidarity and support [of their] LGBTQIA+ cast, crew and imagineers and fans making their voices heard today and every day.”
Disney CEO Bob Chapek apologized for not speaking out more strongly against the law, but assured the public that Disney officials had been working privately to stop it. Disney employs 75,000 people in Florida alone, and Chapek said talking to his employees “has helped [him] better understand how painful [their] was silence”.
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