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Disney Employees Release Open Letter Against ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill

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Disney and its CEO, Bob Chapek, are still suffering the well-deserved fallout from their inadequate response to Florida’s dehumanizing “Don’t Say Gay” bill. The company has come under fire after it was revealed it had donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to writers and supporters of virulently homophobic and transphobic legislation. In response, Disney LGBTQIA+ employees and allies have planned a week of walkouts, both virtual and in-person. The group also released a list of demands in an open letter to Chapek.

Organizers wrote: “Recent statements from the management of the Walt Disney Company (TWDC) regarding the Florida Legislature’s recent ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill have fallen utterly short of the magnitude of the threat to LGBTQIA+ safety represented by this legislation,… Primarily, these statements indicated that management still does not fully understand the impact this legislation is having not only on Florida state actors, but on all members of the LGBTQIA+ community in business and beyond. While we certainly appreciate Bob Chapek’s note of apology, there is still work to be done.

The demands include stopping donations to politicians implicated in the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, as well as “public commitment to an action plan that protects employees from hate laws.” This includes halting all construction or investment in Florida and providing a support network for LGBTQIA employees and their families. Additionally, the group is asking Disney to donate money to human rights groups like the Trevor Project and Trans Lifeline.

They continued: “As a community, we have been forced into an impossible and unsustainable position. We must now take action to convince TWDC to protect employees and their families from such overt and shameless bigotry. You can read more about the protests and the letter at Whereischapek.com. We stand in solidarity with these employees and their mission.

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