The Human Rights Campaign is not taking money from Disney anymore. The LGBTQ+ organization made an announcement on Wednesday (March 9) in response to CEO Bob Chapek‘s comments at a shareholder meeting regarding Florida’s House Bill 1557, referred to as the “Don’t Say Gay or Trans” bill, which would censor teachers from talking about LGBTQ+ issues like gender identity until after third grade. Click inside to read more… “The Human Rights Campaign will not accept this money from Disney until we see them build on their public commitment and work with LGBTQ+ advocates to ensure that dangerous proposals, like Florida’s Don’t Say Gay or Trans bill, don’t become dangerous laws, and if they do, to work to get them off the books,” they said on their official website. “Businesses have had and continue to have a major impact in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights, from marriage equality to the defeat of House Bill 2 in North Carolina and beyond.
While Disney took a regrettable stance by choosing to stay silent amid political attacks against LGBTQ+ families in Florida — including hardworking families employed by Disney — today they took a step in the right direction.
But it was merely the first step,” they continued. “HRC encourages Disney, and all employers, to continue to fight for their employees – many of whom bravely spoke out to say their CEO’s silence was unacceptable – and the LGBTQ+ community by working with us and state and local LGBTQ+ groups to ensure these dangerous anti-equality proposals that harm LGBTQ+ families and kids have no place in Florida.
Every student deserves to be seen, and every student deserves an education that prepares them for health and success — regardless of who they are.