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Disney CEO Bob Iger expresses the importance of LGBTQ+ stories: “We can’t lose that”

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Disney’s returning CEO Bob Iger has expressed the importance of LGBTQ+ stories after the company’s high profile ‘Don’t Say Gay’ controversy.

Back in March, Florida governor Ron DeSantis signed the horrific Parental Rights in Education bill into law after it was passed by conservative lawmakers in the House and Senate.

Under the harmful bill, teachers and schools are barred from discussing “sexual orientation or gender identity in primary grade levels or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students.” In the weeks leading up to DeSantis signing the bill, LGBTQ+ advocates denounced the legislation while also highlighting its political sponsors and the companies backing the legislation.

One of the companies to come under fire was Disney – due to their silence and past donations to the bill’s sponsors. In response to the revelation, the company released a blanket statement supporting the LGBTQ+ community but not denouncing the horrific bill – which resulted in backlash from activists and employee walkouts.

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