On Wednesday, March 2, 2022, AHF launched a TV campaign urging Disney to speak out publicly against hateful Florida legislation, also known as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. The ad rolled out in Orlando, FL and Los Angeles, CA imploring the Walt Disney Company to speak out publicly and loudly in opposition to “Don’t Day Gay” (HB1557 and SB1834).
AHF mobilized swiftly in response to the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by hosting two rallies outside of Disney—one in Orlando, Fl and a second in Los Angeles, CA. The simultaneous rallies shouted against hate and doubled down on the message to the Disney corporation to speak out against this divisive bill. Close to 300 staff members and supporters used their voices to stand up for LGBTQ+ students. Because of our efforts, Disney CEO Bob Chapek finally made a statement regarding the “Don’t Say Gay” legislation. He said, “To express our disappointment and concern that if the legislation becomes law, it could be used to unfairly target gay, lesbian, non-binary and transgender kids and families.” Now, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has agreed to meet with Chapek and some of Disney’s LGBTQ+ employees to hear their concerns.
No matter the outcome, AHF will continue to encourage government leaders and corporations to speak out against discrimination and hateful legislation like “Don’t Say Gay.” AHF staff will be updated via email regarding new actions and ways they can get involved. Visiting www.ahfconnect.org is a great way to follow AHF news surrounding this issue. To get involved in AHF Advocacy, email Ebonni Chrispin [email protected].