As Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill into law, The Walt Disney Company issued a statement promising to help repeal the controversial law.
The Governor signed the bill on Monday and made it law.
As Variety reports, “Florida’s HB 1557, also known as the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, should never have been passed and should never have been made into law.”
“Our goal as a company is for this law to be repealed by the legislature or struck down in the courts, and we are committed to supporting the national and state organizations working to achieve this. We are the Disney family. Dedicated to standing up for the rights and protections of LGBTQ+ members of the U.S. as well as the rights and protections of the LGBTQ+ community in Florida and throughout the country.”
Disney’s public opposition to the law follows an employee walkout to protest CEO Bob Chapek’s mishandling of the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
Earlier this month, Chapek reacted to Disney’s quiet response to the bill as it made its way through the Florida legislature, along with a report that the company had given money to the bill’s sponsors.
‘Variety’ reported that before the bill was passed in the Florida Senate, LGBTQ Disney employees sent a letter to the CEO and other company leaders urging the company to “issue a public statement condemning anti-LGBTQIA+ policies in America”. was requested.
When Chapek issued a public statement claiming that “the biggest impact” Disney can make in “creating a more inclusive world” is through persuasive content, he was outraged for taking a softer stance.
At a shareholders meeting a few days later, Chapek announced that Disney would pledge $5 million to the Human Rights Campaign and others. LGBTQ Rights organizations also said he would meet with Gov. DeSantis to discuss Disney’s “concerns” about the law.
pixaro Employees then issued a letter asking Disney to withdraw financial support from all legislatures that supported the “Don’t Say Gay” bill and “take a decisive public stance” against the law and others like it.
The letter also alleges that Disney corporate executives have sought a cut from “openly gay affection almost every moment,” even when there is opposition from both the creative teams and executive leadership at Pixar.