Last year, the Florida Family Association hired one of those banner-wielding airplanes (the type that usually flies by beaches advertising half-off lobster) to tell all of Orlando: “WARNING: GAY DAY AT DISNEY 6/4.”
This year, the FFA has already raised $4,100 to fly the banner for 10 hours, but they want to raise $8,400 so they can get in a solid 20 hours.
The right-wing organization claims that the “airplane banner influenced mainstream family attendance at Disney during Gay Day to DROP between 50% to 60%… [it] SPARED TENS OF THOUSANDS of children from the unexpected exposure to this coming out party.”
Is it time for the Walt Disney Company, who has never officially sanctioned the event and told employees to treat it just like any other day, to get involved?
The unofficial event, which has been going on since 1991, benefits Orlando with a reported influx of 150,000 LGBT tourists.
By neither sanctioning nor banning its existence, Disney allows itself to reap the benefits of the pink dollar once a year without losing their staple of family dollars.
Disney’s definitely in a hard place here—I believe that some families don’t want to see men in thongs making out, and they have the right to fair warning. But Disney’s laissez-faire approach is probably for the best—it’s sort of cool to see a corporation feel no obligation to let families of all stripes know that their fairytale vacation might just include an eye-opening introduction to the gay community.
Check out photos from last year’s harmless celebration here. This year’s festivities go down June 2nd.