Disney employee Nicholas Maldonado holds a sign while protesting outside of Walt Disney World on March 22, 2022 in Orlando, Florida. Employees are staging a company-wide walkout today to protest Walt Disney Co.’s response to controversial legislation passed in Florida known as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
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With tensions high between The Walt Disney Company and Florida lawmakers, the entertainment giant, alongside three other major media companies, will air new a new public service announcement from GLAAD featuring a transgender teen which calls for nationwide support of LGBTQ youth.
The PSA centers on Texas mom Amber Briggle and her son Max.
“If you’ve never met a transgender child before what I want you to know is that that child is no different than yours,” Briggle says in the announcement. “They have the same hopes and dreams and deserve the same equality as yours does.”
The video launches as several states proposing and passing bills that many see as harmful to LGBTQ youth. This includes legislation such as Florida’s HB 1557 law, which has been dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, as well as a Texas directive, which was recently barred, that called for investigations of parents of transgender children for child abuse.
The new PSA will be aired by outlets owned by Disney, Comcast, WarnerMedia and Paramount.
Disney’s participation comes at a time when company executives are working to be more aggressive in advocating for LGBTQ rights. CEO Bob Chapek, in particular, came under scrutiny in the past month for not publicly opposing Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” legislation until after it passed through the Florida Senate.
The company has vowed to help repeal the new law which forbids instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in public schools for kindergarten through third grade.
Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, has been critical of Disney since its executives came out against the legislation calling the company “woke”…
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