Disney Employees Stage Walk Out Over Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” Law

Disney employees across the United States walked off their jobs on March 22 to protest against the company’s response to what critics have called Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

A video on social media showed dozens of Disney employees walked out at the headquarters in Burbank, California.

The full-scale walkout came after employees planned a series of 15-minute daily walkouts to call for The Walt Disney Company (TWDC) to take a stronger stance against the Parental Rights in Education bill in Florida.

The bill prohibits educators from discussing sexual orientation and gender identity with children from kindergarten to third grade.

In an open letter, the employees wrote, “The recent statements and lack of action by TWDC leadership regarding the “Don’t Say Gay or Trans” bill have utterly failed to match the magnitude of the threat to LGBTQIA+ safety represented by this legislation.”

“Primarily, those statements have indicated that leadership still does not truly understand the impact this legislation is having not only on Cast Members in the state of Florida, but on all members of the LGBTQIA+ community in the company and beyond,” the employees further said.

The employees demanded that Disney “must immediately and indefinitely cease” political donations to certain Florida politicians involved in the passing of the bill.

Included in the list of politicians is Governor Ron DeSantis who has voiced support for the bill and whose signature would bring the bill into effect after it passed Florida’s Senate and House — both of which are controlled by Republicans.

Disney Chief Executive Bob Chapek declined to issue a public condemnation of the bill last week. He then apologized for not being a “stronger ally in the fight for equal rights” after receiving criticism from inside and outside Disney.

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