Bob Chapek issues a statement to Cast Members of the LGBTQ+ community

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Bob Chapek issues a statement to Cast Members of the LGBTQ+ community

Today, Bob Chapek sent the following message to Walt Disney Company Cast Members in response to Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill, also known as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

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Here is his message:

To my fellow colleagues, but especially our LGBTQ+ community,

Thank you to all who have reached out to me sharing your pain, frustration, and sadness over the company’s response to Florida “Don’t Say Gay” bill. Speaking to you, reading your messages, and meeting with you have helped me better understand how painful our silence was. It is clear that this is not just an issue about a bill in Florida, but instead yet another challenge to basic human rights. You needed me to be a stronger ally in the fight for equal rights and I let you down. I am sorry.

Our employees see the power of this great company as an opportunity to do good. I agree. Yes, we need to use our influence to promote that good by telling inclusive stories, but also by standing up for the rights of all.

Starting immediately, we are increasing our support for advocacy groups to combat similar legislation in other states. We are hard at work creating a new framework for our political giving that will ensure our advocacy better reflects our values. And today, we are pausing all political donations in the state of Florida pending this review. But, I know there is so much more work to be done. I am committed to this work and to you all, and will continue to engage with the LGBTQ+ community so that I can become a better ally. You will hear more about our progress in the coming weeks.

I truly believe we are an infinitely better and stronger company because of our LGBTQ+ community. I missed the mark in this case but am an ally you can count on—and I will be an outspoken champion for the protection, visibility, and opportunity you deserve.

You can read Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill here.

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One thought on “Bob Chapek issues a statement to Cast Members of the LGBTQ+ community

  1. How about reading the entire bill! It is not the “Don’t say Gay bill” It is the don’t have a teacher talk to preschooler to third graders about it.
    That should be up to the parents not an educator. There are things for kids to learn about at school and things that should be taught at home, either way!

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