Human Rights Campaign Holds ‘Productive’ Disney Conversation – Update – Deadline

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EARLIER: The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, said today that it will not accept any funding from Walt Disney Co. without a greater commitment to the LGBTQ+ agenda.

The HRC was responding to a statement by Bob Chapek, CEO of The Walt Disney Company, at Disney’s quarterly shareholder meeting. His statement was the society’s first public statement of opposition to Florida’s House Bill 1557, the Don’t Say Gay or Trans bill. Florida law would prohibit teachers from talking about LGBTQ+ issues or people until a certain grade level is reached.

After remaining silent as the bill passed through the Florida state legislature for the past few weeks, Chapek finally spoke out against pending anti-LGBTQ+ legislation and spoke up for LGBTQ+ people. in Florida and across the country. In his statement, Chapek shared that Disney had recently joined more than 150 other companies in a national statement from businesses opposing state anti-LGBTQ legislation organized by HRC and Freedom for All Americans. He also pledged a significant financial donation to LGBTQ+ organizations.

This funding was rejected in a statement today by Joni Madison, Acting President of the Human Rights Campaign.

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