Society said it was wrong to remain silent as ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill passed
Disney CEO Bob Chapek addressed employees on Monday, saying the company made a mistake in not opposing Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law and will now take action immediate.
“We know the moment requires urgency – and words are not enough“, Chapek said in a virtual meeting with employees, quoted by Reuters. “So we are taking action right now.”
Paul Richardson, Disney’s chief human resources officer, confirmed that the company had canceled a management meeting in Orlando and had scheduled a diversity event for April 13 so that staff could voice their concerns to executives. Disney separately announced that Chapek and senior executives would go on a global listening tour to speak to Disney employees in the United States and abroad.
Disney also announced that it has created an LGBTQ+ task force led by Paul Roeder, senior vice president of communications for Disney Studios, and Lisa Becket, senior vice president of worldwide marketing for Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. The task force will develop a plan with the help of experts to ensure that Disney is considered “a force for goodby the LGBTQ+ community, children and families.
Disney has once again upheld its decisions to halt political contributions in Florida and support the Human Rights Campaign in its fight against the Governor of Texas’ order to treat gender-affirming medical treatment on children as “child abuse.” of children”.
The comments and rulings come amid internal controversies over Florida’s law that limits classroom discussions about sexual orientation and gender identity, called the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by opponents. While the CEO had spoken out against the legislation in an email to employees, Disney officially declined to condemn the law in public.
A group of Disney employees staged a week of strikes in response, calling on Disney to protect its LGBTQ+ staff and their families. Another walkout is scheduled for Tuesday.
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