Saturday, March 25, 2023

Disney World will host a big LGBTQ summit in Florida

Disney is pushing back against Florida’s rightwing Republican governor Ron DeSantis’s crackdown on LGBTQ rights by hosting a major LGBTQ conference in Orlando.

The Out & Equal Workplace Summit has touted itself as the “largest LGBTQ conference in the world” and draws more than 5,000 attendees annually. For the next two years, the Out & Equal non-profit which focuses on LGBTQ workplace equality will be held at Walt Disney World in Orlando.

Over more than 20 years, Summit has grown to become the preferred place to network and share strategies that create inclusive workplaces, where everyone belongs and where LGBTQ employees can be out and thrive.

Out & Equal lists the Walt Disney Company as one of its top partners alongside other major companies including Apple, Bank of America and Uber, according to the non-profit’s website. Multiple government agencies including the state department, CIA and Food and Drug Administration have also been listed as event partners and are expected to set up booths at the summit.

DeSantis is moving to expand ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law to all grades, to ban on classroom discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity.

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