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Disney: Just Say Gay — Poster of the Week

Boycott Disney Corporation

Olin Tezcatlipoca

Mexica Movement

Digital Print, 2007

Los Angeles, CA


This week, Walt Disney Co. employees, from Florida to California, walked off their jobs to protest Disney CEO Bob Chapek’s tepid response to Florida's Parental Rights in Education bill. As the word “gay” is not mentioned once in the bill, it is referred to as the "Don't Say Gay" bill by LGBTQ+ activists. The bill will bar discussion on sexual orientation or gender identity in kindergarten through third grade.

Not only is Disney the largest employer in Florida, but Disney has also given campaign money to every sponsor and co-sponsor of this bill. Its employees thus have a right—indeed, an obligation—to speak out against the homophobia expressed in the bill.

Union leaders for the tens of thousands of unionized workers at Disney theme parks in Florida and California advised against the walkout as it would go against contractual obligations. Although the turnout was small, protesters claimed victory as the company agreed to withhold further contributions to anyone supporting the bill.

CSPG’s Poster-of-the-Week was produced 16 years before the current controversy. But it too protests Disney’s silence in the face of discriminatory programming it supported.