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Animators Guild Slams Disney for Staying ‘Silent’ on Florida’s Homophobic ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Law

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is partly enforced by allowing parents to sue any school they believe violated it.“The Animation Guild and the QueerTAG Committee want to express our immense disappointment with how The Walt Disney Company has responded to Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill.

It is disheartening that Disney, one of the world’s most successful brands with massive resources and a global platform, failed to take any action to help prevent the passage of this bill,” the guild said in a statement posted to its various social media accounts.“It is one thing to say that you ‘unequivocally stand in support of our LGBTQ+ employees, their families, and their communities.’ It’s quite another for you to stand silent while this scurrilous piece of homophobic legislation passes,” the group continued. “To quote one of your own properties, ‘With great power comes great responsibility.’ You have failed that test in Florida.”In a longer follow-up statement, the guild also slammed Disney CEO Bob Chapek specifically.

Chapek, the group said, “did not unilaterally condemn this homophobic bill, but instead defending the company’s contributions to legislators who supported it.”Calling this “a momentous misstep by Disney’s leadership that defies logic and company ethics,” the group said “it is time for corporations who continuously seek to engage the LGBTQ+ community to prove that their intentions are not disingenuous by backing up their words with definitive actions.”The group also shared phone numbers for support hotlines servicing members of the LGBTQ communities.

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