Sometimes a prince meets a prince and a princess falls in love with her lady-in-waiting; everyone should have the opportunity to live happily ever after with the one they love, regardless of gender. Disney is all about family values and they seem to support families of all kinds. Although they have never come out of the closet with an official statement, their actions speak louder than words. They stand against the Defense of Marriage Act, they allow same-sex weddings in their parks, and one of their most important presidents is openly gay. Check out these 6 ways that the Walt Disney company stands not just for family values but for equality for all.
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Opposing DOMA 2 of 8Walt Disney is one of the most high profile companies to unite in an "amici curiae" (or "friend-of-the-court") brief asking the Supreme Court to overturn the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)."Along with Apple, Facebook Google and CBS (among a couple hundred more), the group "argues that DOMA "impairs employer/employee relationships" by forcing companies to treat employees differently from one another and adds undue compliance burdens on corporations. "
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Family Support 3 of 8The Walt Disney Company supports their employees with same-sex partners and have, since 1995, offered health benefits to all partners regardless of gender.
Walt Disney World President George Kalogridis 4 of 8This past February, Walt Disney hired their first openly gay president, George Kalogridis who is the president of Walt Disney World, he was previously the president of Disneyland. And he really did work his way up within the Walt Disney company. He started with the company in 1971 when he bussed table at Disney's Contemporary Resort at Walt Disney World. Kalogridis's partner, Andy Hardy, also works for Disney as a finance manager.
Source: Huffington Post
It Gets Better 5 of 8This is a very touching and very poignant video called "It Gets Better," which is a compilation of gay and lesbian Disney employees. It's really touching. Watch it below:
Muppets vs. Chick-Fil-A 6 of 8The Disney-owned Jim Henson Company once created a line of small toys that would accompany the kids' meals at the popular chain. But that partnership ended when Chick-Fil-A voiced an anti-gay-rights stance. And the Muppets meant it. "The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors," the statement read. Source: NBC News
Same Sex Commitment Ceremonies 7 of 8Since 2007, gay and lesbian couples have been welcome to have their weddings at the parks. At the time the parks issued a statement saying that, "We are updating our Fairy Tale Wedding guidelines to include commitment ceremonies. This is consistent with our policy of creating a welcoming, respectful and inclusive environment for all of our guests." And although, as of now, these ceremonies aren't legally binding, they sure are fabulous.
Gay Days 8 of 8Each year there are unofficial "Gay Days" at both Disney World and Disneyland. The one at Disney World takes place the first weekend of June and is now one of the biggest gay pride events in the world. And although Disney does not "sanction" the Gay Days, they don't do anything to stop it which is a move that has been met with controversy with right wing religious groups boycotting the parks. And Disneyland has their event in October (you can check out their site right here.
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