Gay History 101: May 27, 2015

In 2011, The Florida American Family Association raised money and rented airplanes with banners to "warn families about Gay Day at Disney". The planes were fl own for two days, ten hours each.

1991: Gay Days is not sponsored by Disney, in fact, they emphatically refuse to acknowledge the gathering actually happens on their grounds. This is even though it has ballooned from a one day celebration of friends sporting red T-shirts in 1991, into almost two weeks of events and borderline wholesome fun, attracting gays from all over the country and world, who turn the park into a red sea of bopping humanity. The pretense on the part of Disney that thousands and thousands of gays gather on their grounds just by chance every June is hilarious.

Their denial has more to do with preserving their supposed "family image" and the fact that they continue to be the target of mass protests, veiled threats, pseudo boycotts, and implied violence, spearheaded by the religious right and the “Crazy Christers” among its hardcore followers.

While the Magic Kingdom does not openly promote or discourage the event, many inside, starting with Prime Minister Mickey, dread its arrival every year. It’s a political land mine and Disney does their best to walk it very carefully. It’s not the first time that they have incurred the wrath of the far right. Known for philanthropy in many areas, this corporate giant has a refreshing closeted liberal slant. It has contributed and supported Planned Parenthood through grants and gift matching programs. Their own productions, through ABC, include television shows that feature openly gay and lesbian couples in "Grey's Anatomy" and "Modern Family” as well as sexually charged shows like "Cougar Town,” "The Bachelor/Bachelor Pad,” and "Desperate Housewives.”

The Christian Action Network has an ongoing boycott of all Disney products -- with no impact on Disney's earnings or mass appeal. Their official declaration states that they are "shocked and outraged" that Disney has transformed this traditionally macho and Christian establishment, where men dance about in tights and make up, where cartoon animals speak and practice magic, into an anti-family values den of iniquity and debauchery like “Sodom and Gomorrah.” And as in the biblical science fiction story of Sodom and Gomorrah this immoral behavior will result in complete obliteration. The American Family Association sends undercover photographers to every gathering trying to record sexual misconduct.

1998: Pat Robertson said on June 10, 1998, that Orlando should beware of Hurricanes, since it, and Disney World, allow Gay Days to be held there "I would warn Orlando that you're right in the way of some serious hurricanes, and I don't think I'd be waving those flags in God's face if I were you,'' Robertson said on his TV show, The 700 Club. In the months following the statement, Orlando was spared, but hurricanes Charley and Frances made landfall in Texas, dumping heavy rains, killing more than 14 people, and both hitting the town of Corpus Christi. Apparently even God has a sense of humor. So much for the "God Hates Gays" theory.

2011: David Caton from the Florida Family Association announced that his organization had raised enough money to rent airplanes with banners “to warn families about Gay Day at Disney” 10 hours per day on both Friday, June 3, and Saturday, June 4. “Florida Family Association wanted to warn families about this offensive event before they arrive at the Magic Kingdom on Saturday,” Caton noted. “This airplane banner is our best effort to accomplish that goal.”


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