It’s A Small World After All as Disney Hosts Out & Equal Conference in September 2023
Amidst the political fodder going on in Florida, Walt Disney World still remains strong on inclusivity, equal rights and diversity.
Over the past few years, Walt Disney World has been hit by the powers to be with lifting of Reddy Creek protections in place as well as being critisized from those that could make those decisions and rumored to be due to the steady stance they have had on gay rights, hosting ‘Pride Days” and the company’s opposition publicly to Florida’s Parental Rights in Education legislation, also known as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
Just announced, the massive resort will host the major conference promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in the workplace in Central Florida this September, gathering executives and professionals from the world’s largest companies in a defiant display of the limits of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ campaign against diversity training.
Disney has had a longstanding relationship with Out & Equal, the organization behind the event, and is listed on its website as one of its most generous sponsors.
The resort has confirmed to hosting the conference this year and as well as in 2024, which will coincide with the presidential election campaign, one which DeSantis is widely expected to challenge former President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination.
Confirmed by the chief marketing officer of Out & Equal, Michael Chamberlain, the conference would be held at The Walt Disney World Resort, Sept. 11-14.
Several large and popular American companies — including Apple, McDonald’s, Uber, Walmart, Hilton, Amazon, Boeing, Cracker Barrel and John Deere — are sponsoring the Out & Equal Workplace summit, which over 5,000 people are expected to attend. Several agencies, including the State Department and the CIA, are listed as government partners and will have booths at the conference.
In his recently released book, the Governor states how, after “Disney declared war on Florida families” by opposing the Parental Rights in Education bill and “indulged in woke activism,’’ he asked the Legislature “to reevaluate and eliminate — Disney’s special deal.” On a side note, DeSantis married his wife, Casey, at the Disney World resort in 2009.
The announcement of the controversial conference comes after DeSantis declared victory over the Disney Corporation and resort in February of this year, when he signed a law giving him the power to appoint a five-member board overseeing government services at the Disney district near Orlando. “Today, the corporate kingdom finally comes to an end,” the Governor said signing the bill. “This is what accountability looks like.”
Seems that the company that employees over 77,000 in the Central Florida area, also known as the I-4 corridor in the political realm.. are making sure that they are also making a statement on just where the ‘Magic Kingdom” stand when it comes to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.