An unofficial fan-favorite event, Gay Days, where members of the LGBTQIA+ community have an unofficial meetup returned to the Disney Parks.
In the 1990s, the inaugural Gay Days started at the Walt Disney World Resort, i.e., thousands of members of the LGBTQIA+ community held an unofficial meetup at Magic Kingdom Park. After that first meetup, Gay Days became a phenomenon and a fan-favorite event at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort.
During Pride Month in June, Gay Days took over Walt Disney World Resort; last weekend, their Southern California counterparts did the same. Thousands of LGBTQIA+ Guests and allies gathered for Disneyland Resort in Anaheim’s version of the unofficial fan meetup.
Disney fan and Reddit user u/BiAdventureTime shared photos of hundreds of Gay Days attendees at Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland Park.
The photo depicts people wearing the group’s trademark red shirts, a tradition started in the 1990s so attendees could easily recognize other members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
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Disney providing a place for members of the LGBTQIA+ community to congregate, and the company showing support for the group is not new. According to the LA Times, in the 1990s, before the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide, The Walt Disney Company offered gay and lesbian employees insurance for their partners.
The last time Disney was actively in the news to do with LGBTQIA+ rights and the movement was to do with its stance on the Parental Rights in Education act—the bill that opposers call the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
The Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek promised Disney Cast Members and fans that the company would stand firm in support of the LGBTQIA+ community. He also recently spoke out about the bill at the D23 Expo.
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