Following worker walk-outs and backlash from most people, Disney has taken motion to indicate its assist for the LGBTQ+ neighborhood and advocate for human rights. The firm’s new path has earned reward from main organizations.
According to Variety, The Human Rights Campaign just lately accepted donations from the Walt Disney Company. It must be famous the identical group declined contributions after Disney got here below hearth for its stance, or lack thereof, on Florida’s Parental Rights in Education invoice.
In a press release, HRC spokesperson Elizabeth Bibi mentioned, “We have been having very productive conversations with Disney about the impact of anti-LGBTQ+ laws and policies and what they can do to help our community — specifically, what they can do to make the world safer and more welcoming for LGBTQ+ people.” She went on to assessment Disney’s actions during the last yr earlier than including, “Disney has stood firm in their commitments to our community, and the company has taken real action to meet their employees’ needs and lean into their values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.”
Earlier this yr, Disney got here below hearth from the general public and its personal staff for refusing to talk out towards what was dubbed Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” invoice, which aimed to ban discussions regarding sexual orientation and gender identification in colleges. Moreover, the corporate was criticized for contributing to politicians who supported the invoice, although it must be famous Disney ceased political donations within the state of Florida in gentle of the controversy.
The Disney Controversy
Disney CEO Bob Chapek despatched an inner memo all through the corporate, apologizing for the response. He acknowledged, “Thank you to all who have reached out to me sharing your pain, frustration and sadness over the company’s response to the Florida ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill… It is clear that this is not just an issue about a bill in Florida, but instead yet another challenge to basic human rights. You needed me to be a stronger ally in the fight for equal rights and I let you down. I am sorry.”
At the time, Disney pledged $5 million to HRC and LGBTQ+ organizations, however these donations had been rejected, with HRC stating it might not settle for contributions till Disney took significant motion. After Disney publicly expressed assist for the LGBTQ+ neighborhood and spoke out towards the invoice, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis responded by repealing Disney World’s particular district standing.