yet Gay Day has been happening since the 1990s that I remember
although the southern baptist protests of it get more coverage inmedia
is is curious Disney’s lack of a clear stance then
No it isn’t. Do you really not know the origin of “Gay Days”? Seriously? Disney had nothing to do with it. It was a way to socialize and meet other gay men and have some fun in a safe environment — safety in numbers, as it were. Disney did not take a clear stance because they did not want to offend or damage their “family friendly” image. At the same time, they knew that since this was essentially a “private party”, there was little they could do to stop it. And they didn’t want to — for reasons I detail elsewhere on this thread.
When I was a kid, I belonged to a group called “Jack and Jill”. It was a social group for Negro (and I use that word intentionally) families. One of the things the group did was to arrange group outings. Why did they arrange group outings? Because the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been signed, but it takes more than legislation to change people’s minds. This allowed us to go to places where we previously were not allowed to — such as bowling alleys and amusements parks — and feel safe because we were in a group.
They may be cashing in on it now, but they did not start it. I suspect, you don’t understand the various forms of “underground communications” that existed in the gay population.
For example, in the 1970s — CB Radios were all the rage. I had one. There was a way for gay men to cruise on CB Radios You tuned you radio to channel 13 — which was avoided by most enthusiasts because of the “unlucky” associations of the number 13. Once there, you were to use the word “Sierra” as part of your communication — it came right before “over” That was the signal you were gay and (literally) cruising.
coded language is fascinating.
the handkerchief code from the 80 and 70s really varied across cities too.
it’ a wonder how lgbtq communicated in earlier eras
The first documented event, in 1991, had 3,000 gays and lesbians from central Florida going to area theme parks on one day wearing red shirts to make their presence more visible. By 1995, the event had grown to 10,000 gays and lesbians traveling for the gay day at Disney. As of 2010 approximately 150,000 LGBT people, their families, friends and supporters attended the six-day gathering (including various pool parties, conventions, festivals, a business expo, activities for kids, etc.) with 20,000 to 30,000 going to Disney on the final day.
The popularity of the event is seen by some attendees as a way of “reclaiming” normal joys of childhood lost to homophobia in their earlier years. Growth in attendance also reflects the growing number of LGBT families with children as well as increasing number of LGBT marriages, since Disney World is also a top honeymoon destination. A local Doubletree resort has dubbed itself the “official” hotel for the event, with convention space rented to various businesses (bathroom remodelers, gourmet cooking suppliers, sex toys, etc.) and organizations (free health tests, vaccinations, etc.) pitching to attendees.
Gay Days have attracted criticism from both religious and LGBT groups. While Disney does not sanction Gay Days (and officially tells employees to treat it as any other summer day), conservative Christian groups accuse Disney of not doing anything to stop the event. The Southern Baptist Convention boycotted Disney for eight years. The Florida Family Association flew banner planes one year warning families of gay events at Disney that weekend, citing emails from people nationwide who unknowingly booked their vacation during Gay Days. Janet Porter, president of the Christian organization “Faith 2 Action”, is highly critical of the event. She encouraged families to re-think visiting Walt Disney World. She told families to expect to see “cross-dressing men parading public displays of perversion” during their visit.
That’s very interesting. I draw your attention to the line “conservative Christian groups accuse Disney of not doing anything to stop the event.”
What, pray tell (pun intended), did they expect Disney to do? There was nothing done on WDW grounds that was in anyway against Disney policy. And Disney was not about to open themselves up to lawsuit by — what — saying to someone, “You can’t come in because you’re wearing a red shirt?’.
I love how they warned people to not book during “Gay Days” — and promoted it
Yes, Disney didn’t stop it, and they didn’t really stand up against religious group either.
what I was shocked by was your information that Disney has still failed to endorse it the first few protest ones back the 1990s, but it’s 2018.
how did Disney not by now?
meanwhile, they are willing to cater to our niche with rainbow mouse ears
market exploitation with a veneer of tolerance
we’re supposed to have come a long way, and we haven’t
certainly the best advertising is a protest of the event.
I doubt Teletubbies would ever have been a thing for queer adults if it hadn’t been for Jerry Faldwell’ fixation with toddler tv’s tinky winky
A government can pass as many laws concerning equality as it wants – but the real transformation will only come when there is a sea-change in public perceptions. This can be achieved by many different approaches – one of them being television. We all know that dealing openly, honestly and sensitively with ‘taboo’ subjects can bring about the kind of public debate and change of attitude we desire. If ‘The Simpsons’ wishes to become relevant – which they have not been for a long time – they need to stop shying away from difficult issues.
yes, which is why it’s 2018 and we’re still fighting all the civil rights movements that supposedly won at court in previous decades and there’s still ones that are delayed and denied at court.
meanwhile oppressors now claim to be victims when not allowed to control the public square.