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Gay Pride Week at Disney World

Posted Wed July 25, 2007 12:00 pm, by Dan G. written to DisneyWorld (Orlando, FL)

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Recently we went to Disney on vacation and while we were down there we found out in a very in your face way that it was Gay Pride week. When we booked our trip it was never mention that this would be going on the same week we were there. I have no problem with people being gay but I do not feel a family orient park should have people running around flaunting their sexuality. I would not want a Hetro-sexual pride day either. Some of the people were dress in clothing that boarded on obscene and totally out of line for a family park.

I would either recommend DisneyWorld make people fully aware of all events that are going on so I could choose to avoid the park if I find the celebration in poor taste or avoid having sexual oriented days at the park.


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by George A. Posted Tue September 20, 2011 @ 2:56 AM

There are good people who are about family values that own stock in
Walt Disney that are being cheated by the fact that a company that was
built on being centred around the family has extended benefits to same
sex partners that are to be reserved for married people only, as in a
man, and a woman only nothing else! People who are homosexual, or
bisexual can just as soon start their own foundations for the benefits
they want to have for each other, however it is not okay for this to
be promoted as something to serve as being some role model for
children! Now someone talked about Walt Disney World being private
property, and this is legitimate, where there was a man that was
touching his daughter in a sexual way, and the people who are employed
by Disney do not have to do anything when a pedophile is @ a family
oriented theme park, which is dead wrong! Now I want people to take
this issue extremely seriously, because when Gay, and Lesbian Pride is
promoted, then it is only a matter of time before some pedophile is
molesting some little boy, or little girl @ Disney World, and then the
park employees that is okay, oh no it is not! So people who do not
want this to be opposed stop, and think about how serious this is in
all reality!

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by mspeach Posted Sat November 13, 2010 @ 7:08 AM

Hi i am lesbian and i think when we lesbians and gays go to a theam
park like Disney some usual human manners would be nice and welcomed
by everyonesome people would like to bring other family members or
friends and there may be children to share such a welcomed event by
Disney and should show some decent respect to all. Haven't we at
leased passed the days when we gays etc. feel we have to be out right
outragious in behavior and dress or lack of in public palces just to
show we are out and proud.Proud is what we should be and respect
ourselvs as well as others.....Im just saying
Peace and love to all

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Homosexual week @ Disney World by jim j. Wed October 12, 2011 @ 7:13 PM
by Theresa C. Posted Tue October 26, 2010 @ 2:35 PM

I completely agree!!! When my husband and I called to reserve our
vacation, they never mentioned gay pride week. My husband and I
believe Disney should have been upfront and allowed us to make a
decision if we wanted our four children exposed.

Disney sure is not what it used to be when we were growing up. Now we
have to censor a "family oriented park.

Posted: Oct. 2010

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by Vikki B. Posted Thu September 30, 2010 @ 6:57 AM

I did the same thing about three years ago (went on gay pride day) and
thought that guest should have been informed before entering the park.
We were from out of town but we could have easily gone somewhere else
that day. In my opinion whether it's put on by Disney or not at some
point they know what's going on and should tell their guess and allow
their guest to make the decision. I have yet to return to Disney and
we went every year (we were on year 4 with the kids) until that event.
I'm not against gays (had several friends while serving in the
military) but an introduction to partner preference (kids were 4 and
6) was not what I expected that day or atleast not at Disney. Somewher
else, maybe Disney no!

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by Bri C. Posted Thu September 23, 2010 @ 10:34 AM

Personally, I do see that some of the outfits are a little..Odd, but
can we look at the outfits people wear on Halloween? Are you saying
that you wouldn't let your kids go out trick or treating because there
are kids out there wearing odd outfits? Because that is kind of what
you are saying. That would expose them to people looking odd. I
understand that it is a kid's place, but I also believe that you
should: ONE) Not shield any sort of love from your children. And TWO)
Check the activities for that time you are staying. Perhaps you
should of done that in the first place? I understand that some people
do not want their kids seeing that, but the fact is that you should
have checked what was going on that week. I hope you've learned
something by that.

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disney reply by Theresa C. Tue October 26, 2010 @ 2:48 PM
by buttercup Posted Fri March 26, 2010 @ 9:31 PM

I think that diseny having a gay pride day is really big an closed
minded pll like u make it hard 4 gays and bisexual 2 bee free and have
fun.Ane]d we're not flaunting our sexuality we're just being us.And if
u book the trip ursel then u should of checked 2 see what events would
be taking place that week.Dont blame the park because u didnt do ur
homework

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by d g. Posted Wed September 2, 2009 @ 10:23 PM

I cant stand it when its all str8, overweight people with mommy jeans
and dads looking at the 16 year old girls on vacation with their
parents.

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by Sandu Posted Mon June 16, 2008 @ 8:13 PM

I was under the impression that people knew the first Saturday in June
is the offical day. I am not gay but my brother is and I went 1 year
with him to show support. All I can say is OVERWELMING!!!! Totally.
Not only that but NO WAY your going on any rides. Although it is quite
comically to see the expressions on peoples faces, especial the
Japanise tourist, you know the ones with the flags. But honestly they
(Disney) should make a HUGE effort to let people know.I completely
except my brother I grew up with it, BUT don't want to see certain
things!! I think even my brother took a step back at stuff he saw.
Other the that it was fun!! And a word of advise go with a
girlfriend(I am) and all goes well. :) Enless you come across certain
1'S that DO NOT like women!! They actually closed the park around
11:00 AM that day. As long as ou have some expirence with homosexual
men mostly it's a hell of alot of fun. I don't jugde what people do,
BUT don't want to see what happens behind closed doors (IF U KNOW WHAT
I MEAN LOL) Sorry for rambling on but actully was a part of this
topic. So Thank You. Have a wonderful life :)

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by jessica m. Posted Sat June 14, 2008 @ 6:15 PM

I agree with you totally ....I was at Disney on sat and we ended up
leaving the park because of the attaire and some behavior my children
were exposed to things that were definetly not acceptable. I to
planned my vacation though Disney and provided them with the dates and
ages of my children and nothing was mentioned. Being a single mom of 3
children it took me a long time to save for our vacation and to have
it ruined by the behavior is appauling.

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A New Kind of Family by bob s. Sat July 19, 2008 @ 4:27 AM

Using word Queer by bob s. Sat July 19, 2008 @ 4:42 AM

I AGREE by Theresa C. Tue October 26, 2010 @ 3:10 PM

by jncshortstop07 Posted Fri May 23, 2008 @ 11:11 AM

Well here is the thing, maybe the cloths can get a bit out of hand,
but hetoro's dress crazy all the time too. Think of it this way im
sure their has been one point in your life you have been walking
through the mall, or where ever, and you see a 250 pound women in some
skin tight shorts and a shirt. That right their is something i dont
want to see. This is one time a year gay's can go and just be
theirselvs and not be judge by people of your critieria, when booking
a trip you should take it apon yourself to do your research about what
is going on in the park that week.Not only are you being a good parent
and looking out for your kids, it would save you some money. take the
time to think before you complain about something, when it was your
mistake in the begining.

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RESPONSE by jessica m. Sat June 14, 2008 @ 6:30 PM
by june f. Posted Sun April 27, 2008 @ 1:37 PM

Excuse me? Number one, this is a FAMILY park, with CHILDREN who are
easily influenced. Apart from the fact that children are young and
should not be viewing the kind of explotation that Gay Day has, also
stating that most people would not want their children exposed to this
kind of message, Disney World was founded by Walt Disney, a family
oriented man. He would NOT approve, nor would most, of what the Disney
Company is allowing to go on. My family was unluckily down there the
week that Gay Day was going on. It was disheatening to see that a fun
place, full of young children waiting to see the princesses and their
princes, could be thus corrupted. Mickey and Goofy holding hands,
expressing homosexuality? Could we ruin a child's dream vacation
anymore. There is a REASON that Walt Disney created Mickey and Minnie,
Donald and Daisy. I would warn against families going down during that
time (Gay Days) and hope that when you do go, your time is fun and
appropriate for your children.

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How sad.... by Ranger65 Sun May 4, 2008 @ 2:44 PM

How sick by K S. Thu June 12, 2008 @ 10:10 AM

Even sicker by Sean G. Tue August 12, 2008 @ 2:43 AM

I AGREE by Theresa C. Tue October 26, 2010 @ 3:03 PM

Gay and honest by Sean G. Tue August 12, 2008 @ 2:49 AM
by Stephanie B. Posted Thu April 3, 2008 @ 7:31 PM

I don't know why you are being so homophobic...Hetrosexuals flaunt
their sexualities all the time why is it so different for homosexuals.
I have been to Disney World many of time and I have seen many people
wear obscene clothing not just homosexuals. Many homosexuals have
families too so I do not see the problem with Gay Pride at Disney.

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by sciencefun Posted Tue January 15, 2008 @ 4:02 PM

We accidentally booked a trip during the 2008 gaydays. We have a 7
yr. old and a 9 year old. Can you tell me : How bad is it?

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Gay Days calendar by Michele Gerhart Sun February 17, 2008 @ 9:14 PM

booked Disney 2009 family vacation during gay pride week by susana Tue February 3, 2009 @ 7:02 PM

HI by jessica m. Sat June 14, 2008 @ 6:32 PM
by Jonny Tool Posted Sun October 14, 2007 @ 11:12 PM

I think people should stay away from any Disney attraction....leave it
to the queers that run Disney.

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by Lima Posted Mon September 3, 2007 @ 1:15 PM

Went to interview a child care provider yesterday. She told me that
she had a child of a same-sex couple there but not to worry, she told
them explicitgly that no PDA's were allowed. She never told me I
wasn't allowed to engege in PDA with my fiance.Um, what? Interview
over. All I could think about was this darn stupid letter!

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by Lera Keats Posted Thu August 30, 2007 @ 11:56 PM

I see that a lot of you lack comprehension and are making more out of
this than needed. The OP clearly stated what it was she didn't like,
yet many of you are turning this into something it's not.

She clearly stated that she didn't want to see what was going on even
if it was between hetro couples. Did you all just choose to ignore
that or something?

When you go to an amusement park that mainly caters to FAMILIES with
children (whether hetrosexual or homosexual) then they shouldn't have
to be subjected to lewd acts or dress. I know homosexual people that
frown on events just like this because SOME people are to over the
top.

She also shouldn't have to be forced into explaining what certain
things mean when she doesn't want to. A 5 year old doesn't need to be
told about sexually explicit things

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You're one to talk by SiouxFan Sun September 2, 2007 @ 12:55 AM


ok Sioux... by Erin M. Mon September 3, 2007 @ 7:11 PM

I do not feel a family orient park should have people running around flaunting their sexuality by Lima Tue September 4, 2007 @ 9:05 PM

You Lack Comprehension Skills by Lera Keats Mon October 15, 2007 @ 1:11 AM
by dottiejean28 Posted Wed August 29, 2007 @ 3:06 PM

Hello,

I totally understand your situation where obscene clothing is
concerned...If I had a child i would not want them to say "mommy,what
does that mans shirts say?" and have to be too embarassed to tell
them...and have them harangue (i think i spelled that right)me all day
by asking what certain peoples shirts said...i have inquisitive neices
and nephews and cousins of elementary school age, and they would
totally be bugging the parents non stop.

Also, not to be off color, but how offensive was the clothing...were
the men wearing buttless chaps and ball gags? or wearing head bands
with penis on them or something?

It would also be a good opportunity to teach your children about
tolerance as well.

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by Mike Z. Posted Wed August 29, 2007 @ 12:00 PM

I heard that Senator Larry Craig had a fun time at Disney world that
week.

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HAHA!!!! by Turbofan Mon April 28, 2008 @ 3:53 PM

by Michael Bryson Posted Wed August 29, 2007 @ 3:05 AM

This is not a disney sponsored event. They have no control over it or
when it happens.

This is all done by word of mouth and internet...it's set up and if
you're gay and want to attend you know that a lot of other gay people
will be there during that time.


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by Erin M. Posted Mon August 27, 2007 @ 10:56 PM

Paranoid much people?

The reason for her complaint is this:

"Some of the people were dressed in clothing that boarded on obscene
and totally out of line for a family park."

She doesn't want her kids to see people dressed obscenely. That
doesn't mean she hates gay people, geez.

And yeah, I actually DO believe her when she says she wouldn't want
her kids to see straight people dressed that way either.

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To be honest.. by Harleycat Thu August 30, 2007 @ 3:09 PM
by Lima Posted Mon August 27, 2007 @ 3:43 PM

No. But somehow I don't think you'd write a complaint about it either
...

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by DeVoidx Posted Thu August 16, 2007 @ 9:22 PM

Gay days at disney, is not an official disney event.
Visit gaydays.com if you want to find out more about it, or when it is
happening, so you don't scar your children for life!!!! By throwing a
fit that gay people are there and how evil it is, and how the bible
says yada yada yada...

Let me let you in on a little known secret. A good deal of the honest
church going people you know and love, have sex with their kids, or
take drugs, or are gay. They just got really good at hiding it because
they see how you nut jobs freak out when they hear about it. Then
someday it comes out, and you throw a fit. They pray for
forgiveness... they beg you. And you go awww I forgive you. Then turn
around to your friends and say see thay guy over there ? He is gonna
burn in hell.

Gay, pedophile, drug user are not the same things.
The urge to do what they feel is the same as you have about finding a
member of the oppsite sex and having a family. I believe going to
church for some can be the same as drugs. Religion is the opiate of
the masses.

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reply by Theresa C. Tue October 26, 2010 @ 3:24 PM
by hate_sin_not_sinner Posted Wed August 15, 2007 @ 10:22 AM

If you believe that the bible is the word of God, then you must come
to grips that homosexuality is immoral and a sin. Just like being a
drug addict or a pedafile is wrong and society doesnt yet condone it.
I believe that there are people who have tendencies for homosexual
feelings just like a drug addict or a sexual predator. But it is up
to that person to not give in, and become subject to that desire and
life style.

With that said, having a gay day makes no sense. why not have a
pedofile day at disney then? They too are a minority!

Discriminating against diverse people is wrong, sexually immoral
people are not diverse. The bible says that homosexuality is immoral.


If you dont believe in the God of the bible then you are free to
behave any way you please and will not understand what has been stated
here.

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Hey, speaking of books... by Evil Genius Erik Wed August 15, 2007 @ 12:05 PM

gay week by Rebecca Dunning Thu August 16, 2007 @ 7:41 AM

Gay week at Disney by Richard S. Thu August 16, 2007 @ 9:34 AM


You are a sad, sad person by SiouxFan Thu August 23, 2007 @ 11:45 AM

Bible by Richard S. Thu August 16, 2007 @ 9:36 AM


Because.. by Harleycat Sat August 18, 2007 @ 8:57 AM


Pedophiles vs. Gays by Blackrack Sun August 19, 2007 @ 8:24 AM

Re: "If you believe that the bible is the word of God" by Mike Z. Mon August 20, 2007 @ 1:32 PM

the bible and some of the things that are in it by Michael Bryson Wed August 29, 2007 @ 3:09 AM


"Recently"? Try over 10 years ago by RedheadWGlasses Thu August 30, 2007 @ 1:00 PM


Well then you should... by SiouxFan Thu August 23, 2007 @ 11:40 AM


I'm impressed... by Jeffrey Thu August 23, 2007 @ 8:33 PM
by patricia379 Posted Sun August 12, 2007 @ 3:59 PM

I just don't think amusment parks are the place to even have sexually
oriented goings-on at all.

They are a place hopefully, where everyone can just come and have a
good time and forget the world and it's demands.

People holding hands of any gender is acceptable. I don't want to see
anyone kissing, petting in public regardless of sexual orientation.

Yes Disney should have informed you. I think you should be given a
refund or perhaps a future pass or some sort of "oops we goofed" gift
from Disney.

I want the Magic Kingdom to keep pretending in a magical happy
place...too soon do we have to go back out into the 'real' world.

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No by SiouxFan Thu August 23, 2007 @ 11:44 AM

sure by Michael Bryson Wed August 29, 2007 @ 3:12 AM


by Andrew Lenahan Posted Wed August 8, 2007 @ 11:01 AM

Ok, let's examine this logically:

You planned a vacation to Orlando. I don't know how you travel but
I'm guessing like most people the process of planning the trip took
some time. Depending on where you're coming from and the method of
transport, the whole thing might have cost at least several hundred
dollars but more likely into the thousands.

Now, with all that planning time and all that expendature, it NEVER
occurred to you to check the event schedule or even call the park to
find out what sort of events were going on during your stay!?

It's absolutely mind-bogging, and absolutely nobody's fault but your
own.

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by eydieville Posted Mon August 6, 2007 @ 10:25 PM

first, in order to be offended, you'd have to believe that there is
something wrong with being gay. you obviously believe there is.
however, i and millions of others do not. we are all god's children
and we all deserve equal treatment; there is no reason to discriminate
against anyone. i would consider this a wonderful opportunity to
discuss diversity with your kids. by the way, you say that you that
you wouldn't want a heterosexual (even though you can't spell it) day
at the park, but that is pretty much what the other 364 days are.
during the civil rights years, african americans were forced to be "in
your face" because they were demanding the rights they deserved. had
they whispered it quietly they would have gotten nowhere, therefore
they had to lift their voices and demand what was theirs. gay and
lesbian people are now doing the same. if people like you would
listen, they wouldn't have to be "in your face."

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Please!! by Mary Stanley Tue August 7, 2007 @ 3:12 PM


people like you by eydieville Tue August 7, 2007 @ 8:46 PM


geez... by Cee Dub Thu August 9, 2007 @ 10:12 AM


only if other people by eydieville Thu August 9, 2007 @ 6:12 PM

What? by Melissa O Fri August 10, 2007 @ 1:11 AM


thanks, melissa. by eydieville Fri August 10, 2007 @ 12:13 PM


Heterosexuals with kids by petgiraffe Fri August 10, 2007 @ 12:43 PM

heterosexuals with kids by Melissa O Sat August 11, 2007 @ 2:40 AM


Oh wow by SiouxFan Thu August 23, 2007 @ 11:48 AM
by Adam W Posted Fri August 3, 2007 @ 10:23 PM

Disney does this for one reason and one reason only. It makes the
Christians happy. The Christians are there customer base and they
sleep much better at night knowing that all the gays are there at
once. That way they can keep their children away from them.

Btw Dan, You're an idiot.

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wtF? (n/t) by Angelic Princess:) Tue August 7, 2007 @ 10:38 AM

It's true. (n/t) by Adam W Wed August 8, 2007 @ 11:20 PM


by Melissa Savelloni Posted Fri August 3, 2007 @ 1:05 AM

"I would either recommend DisneyWorld make people fully aware of all
events that are going on so I could choose to avoid the park if I find
the celebration in poor taste or avoid having sexual oriented days at
the park."

Ok, judging by the fact that you are writing a letter leads me to
believe that you have acess to the internet. Maybe not at home, but at
least at work or SOMEWHERE.

That being said, you could have easily avoided this "horrible
situation" by just looking it up online. That goes for anything. You
didn't look up what events were going on during your visit prior to
arriving?

Also, tourists always dress out of line for a family park, gay or
straight. Especially in Florida where the weather is just... horrible,
swampy, humid, yucky, hot, sweaty, i could go on.

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by SouthernBreeze Posted Wed August 1, 2007 @ 1:53 PM

I read your letter a couple of times and I thought carefully about I
would word my response. I suppose the heart of your complaint is that
you wish you had known that it was Gay Pride week before you went.
Now, I've only been to Disney World once, but I've been on their
website several times and I remember seeing Gay Pride week mentioned
on their events schedule. I haven't been on their site in awhile, but
I'm fairly confident the information is still available.

Yet, there's something about this letter, something between the lines,
that bothers me. You didn't feel this was appropriate at a "family
orient [sic] park." So, just because someone is homosexual means they
can't be family oriented? Next how were people 'flaunting' their
sexuality? Just by being there? How do you even know everyone there
was homosexual? You were there after all. Lastly, you mentioned the
nearly obscene clothing, but I'm not sure how that ties in with
sexuality. I've seen many hetrosexual individuals that wear clothing
that many would deem inappropriate. What should we blame their poor
clothing choices on?

However, I do think it would be a good idea if individuals such as
yourself were made aware because you certainly could have (and perhaps
did) made people uncomfortable when they were just there for a bit of
fun.

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by RedheadWGlasses Posted Tue July 31, 2007 @ 8:15 AM

I think the GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered) community
will be HAPPY to stop the parades, the occasional "in your face I'm
gay so there ha!" attitude, etc., when the following stop being legal
in almost every state:

*Being fired because you're gay
*Being evicted because you're gay
*Being denied housing because you're gay
*Being denied marriage (and the legal rights and responsibilites that
a result thereof) because you're gay
*Being denied custody of and visitation with your children because
you're gay
*Being beat up and/or murdered because you're gay (okay this one isn't
legal anywhere, but it's certainly tolerated and prosecuted more
lightly than other hate crimes, in most states)

Yes, it's true: If you're gay, then in most states of the U.S., the
wonderful land of opportunity and freedom, your gayness is reason
enough to be discriminated against. On the federal level,
discrimination is illegal when it's based on race, national origin,
religion, ethnicity, creed, etc. Minnesota was the first state to add
"sexual orientation" to that list. The reason it even got added was
all the nasty, hate-filled letters and phone calls that our REPUBLICAN
state legislators got, insisting that this constitutional amendment be
blocked, actually convinced our Republican statespeople that the
legislation was sorely needed. They had no idea that there was such
fear, animosity, and hatred out there. So that's wonderful irony:
The people who most wanted this to fail were the ones who made it
happen.

So when being gay truly is as meaningless as being straight when it
comes to so many issues in life, business, and community, there's a
good chance the parades may stop, or at least dwindle.

Until then, we (allies as well as GLBT persons) will continue to get
"in your face."

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I Love A Parade.. by Harleycat Tue July 31, 2007 @ 10:28 AM


Todays sermon by William H. Tue July 31, 2007 @ 10:41 AM


No different... by Jeffrey Tue July 31, 2007 @ 10:47 AM


??? by William H. Tue July 31, 2007 @ 1:36 PM


She's.... by LadyMac Wed August 1, 2007 @ 11:25 AM


Sigh, you're just so... not getting anything by RedheadWGlasses Tue July 31, 2007 @ 12:33 PM


looked a lot like a sermon to me by William H. Tue July 31, 2007 @ 1:37 PM


Not to me.. by Harleycat Tue July 31, 2007 @ 3:03 PM


I truly enjoy Redhead's explanations by - Leanne- Tue July 31, 2007 @ 8:10 PM


Here here! by Jeffrey Tue July 31, 2007 @ 8:45 PM


Yes by William H. Wed August 1, 2007 @ 10:18 AM


Pedantically pro-people, you mean by Somebody! Wed August 1, 2007 @ 10:49 AM


actually by William H. Thu August 2, 2007 @ 4:15 PM


thank you by eydieville Mon August 6, 2007 @ 10:28 PM


Thanks, eydie! by RedheadWGlasses Wed August 8, 2007 @ 12:34 PM


i live in the bible belt by eydieville Wed August 8, 2007 @ 4:33 PM

by (i still come around so don't get too uppity) vc Posted Sun July 29, 2007 @ 5:22 PM

I hope you brought along some of those anti-bacterial wipes to clean
off the seats. You have to be careful. You may sit on one of the
rides and catch gay. It happened to a guy I know.

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haha by Nay Sun July 29, 2007 @ 6:26 PM


Hey! by (Mostly) Absent Erik Sun July 29, 2007 @ 9:17 PM


No. by Jeffrey Mon July 30, 2007 @ 1:55 PM


And did you know... by DragonflygrrlTheGreat Mon July 30, 2007 @ 2:30 PM


It's true, you know. by Blackrack Mon July 30, 2007 @ 6:39 PM


I'm not sure if I should answer that question... by DragonflygrrlTheGreat Mon July 30, 2007 @ 6:58 PM


Stupid enter key... by DragonflygrrlTheGreat Mon July 30, 2007 @ 7:04 PM


I've had a life without men... by LadyMac Wed August 1, 2007 @ 11:28 AM


Deb, by MA Loper Fri August 3, 2007 @ 11:41 AM


vc I have a question by William H. Tue July 31, 2007 @ 1:44 PM


Simple answer by LadyMac Wed August 1, 2007 @ 10:04 AM


Imitation is one of the by - Leanne- Wed August 1, 2007 @ 10:50 AM


William H. I have an answer. by (i still come around so don't get too uppity) vc Wed August 1, 2007 @ 2:17 PM
by Peregrina Posted Sun July 29, 2007 @ 4:17 AM

I have a novel idea. Instead of Gay Day - which really seems to put
some people's noses out of whack - or hetero pride day because come
on, every day is hetero day, we instead sponser: COME AS YOU ARE OR
WOULD LIKE TO BE day.

A day where it is safe to be gay or straight or bi or purple or yellow
or black or furry or childfree or a parent or a teacher or mentally
challenged or an office worker or a space alien or a writer or a time
traveler or a commentator here on PFB. Heck, to keep things fair, you
can also come as a homophobic bigot. The only rule on CAYAOWLTB day is
this: everyone has a right to be exactly who and what they want to be
and as long as they don't try to force their own choices on you and
vice versa, everything is hunky dory.

So, on this day, if you are religious, Yay. If you are an atheist,
Yay. If you would like to get together and speak calmly and
intelligently about your differences, then you earn a gold star. If
you start arguing and being mean, then you have to sit in the corner
and watch while everyone else gets to play.

Same with the straight folks, the gay folks and the bi folks. Play
nice or no cookies. If you don't wanna play with each other, fine,
there are plenty of other folks to meet and get to know.

Just remember the golden rule, which interestingly enough appears in
nearly every religious and social movement every created: TREAT
OTHERS THE WAY YOU WANT TO BE TREATED.

If you don't personally agree with someone's decisions, that's just
fine, but it doesn't give you the right to make them suffer for it.

The day will come when it's not even a blip on the radar that someone
is gay or bi. Their sexuality won't be used to judge and punish them
and in turn, they won't feel the need to use their preferences to
bludgeon others.

The day will come, just like it came for women and blacks and all
other groups that were once marginalized and demeaned. If will come
and our grandchildren will look back and wonder why we ever argued
over it in the first place.

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You go! by Casmly Sun July 29, 2007 @ 7:02 AM

Sorry... by TwinkleToes Mon July 30, 2007 @ 1:57 AM


Come as you are by donno Mon July 30, 2007 @ 9:43 PM

by lovescats Posted Sat July 28, 2007 @ 4:52 PM

This would be a perfect chance for the letter writer to show her kids
there are people different from them and to explain about it.

Instead she would rather cocoon her kids until they are old enough to
come to the conclusion that mommy kept them out of the way in because
these differences were "bad." After all, kids are going to see these
things eventually. It's better if they see them with loved ones who
can talk about what's going on then to leave it to bump into alone.

And little kids would probably think it's just another Disney parade
but with people instead of silly people dressed up as cartoon
characters.

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by April Smith Posted Fri July 27, 2007 @ 6:41 PM

I would actually find this situation to be extremely funny. But I
understand your point....And is it really necessary for Disney World
to have a "Gay Pride" week anyway? What does that have to do with an
amusement park? Gay people are cool and so are straight people and
neither needs a parade at Disney

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After reading by April Smith Fri July 27, 2007 @ 6:47 PM

My former coworker by dawniedawn67 Sat July 28, 2007 @ 8:09 AM


Re: My former coworker by calm Sat July 28, 2007 @ 9:58 AM


Wonderful, hearthfelt response, calm n/t by RedheadWGlasses Sat July 28, 2007 @ 12:55 PM


Cal. . . by MA Loper Sat July 28, 2007 @ 7:53 PM


-claps- by Blackrack Sat July 28, 2007 @ 8:15 PM

I hate by April Smith Sun July 29, 2007 @ 9:22 PM

by Jane Smith Posted Fri July 27, 2007 @ 3:52 PM

I went to Disney in Florida several years ago, and when we got to the
park there was a sign saying that there was a group filming a
commercial in part of the park, so some rides/areas may not be
accesible. They offered you the chance to exchage or refund passes.
Was I ticked off? Yeah a little, do I wish that they had told me ahead
of time? It probably wouldn't have changed anything. Since we booked
the tickets 10 months in advance I wasn't going to let that stop me.
I don't know if this is something that they still do.

If you book your tickets a year before going, and the event isnt
finalized how can they tell you?
Somehow, I suspect that they just showed up and everyone had to make
the best of it.

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by Blackrack Posted Fri July 27, 2007 @ 12:48 PM

We did the same thing once by accident, and I actually am part of a
gay family. It didn't end well. I ended up taking a punch from a
minister.

Disney does not organize Gay Days, it just doesn't ban the people who
come from the park. It merely expects them to obey the regulations
like other poeople.

Gay people flaunt their sexuality? So do heterosexuals every day.

I went to Disney with my gay dads. We were a family going to a family
park. How is that so horrible?

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WWJD. by Mike Z. Fri July 27, 2007 @ 1:09 PM


The Bible... by Jeffrey Fri July 27, 2007 @ 1:29 PM


Tut, tut, Jeffery. by Blackrack Fri July 27, 2007 @ 1:40 PM

by APCO25guy Posted Fri July 27, 2007 @ 4:11 AM

I love it. Always a dead giveaway to a bigot who prefaces their
statements with "I don't have a problem with (insert minority here)
HOWEVER"

tell us how you really feel Dan. You a little homophobic there? Nah,
never.


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by Gino Posted Fri July 27, 2007 @ 12:09 AM

Dan, I hate to burst your bubble, but everyday is "Gay Day" at Disney
World. And I assure you wherever you live, work, and worship as well.
And the school your kids go to as well. You just haven't got the memo.

Heterosexuals don't need "Hetero" days, because they are accepted by
society and somehow think they have a monopoly on what it means to
love and be loved and raise families..
Unless I'm mistaken, Gays are the same species as everyone, HOMO
SAPIENS. I don't understand how, exactly, this is an issue at all,
unless someone is uncomfortable with their own sexuality, Does gay
love for each other and their children "treaten" or "dilute" the love
you have for your wife and children in any way?
Why does donald duck go around with no pants on? Why is he always
hanging around his three nephews that way and no one's complained?
Where are their parents? Did micky ever marry minnie? Apprently
they're living in sin. Where's the outrage?
Tolerance isn't the answer, Accepting everyone as equals is the only
solution to your particular problem.

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Accepting everyeone as EQUALS by MA Loper Fri July 27, 2007 @ 11:17 AM


No one said gays shoudl be making out and humping in public by RedheadWGlasses Fri July 27, 2007 @ 12:57 PM


Agreed, BUT by MA Loper Fri July 27, 2007 @ 2:29 PM


I do see your side, MaLoper. I don't think gays are asking for special rights, just equal rights. by Gino Fri July 27, 2007 @ 6:29 PM


Completely agree, Gino. by Blackrack Fri July 27, 2007 @ 7:15 PM

by Loudmouthgirl Posted Thu July 26, 2007 @ 11:14 PM

People with kids are the real ones flaunting their sexuality. They
are parading the results of their sexuality around for all to see!

Oh the shame, the horror!

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LOL by April Smith Fri July 27, 2007 @ 6:43 PM
by tychicus Posted Thu July 26, 2007 @ 6:49 PM

They do not have a week for the boy scouts or girl scouts or normal
week just more and extra priveliges for a mental illness that is why I
have boycotted all disney stuff for years now

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Step on up to the 1970s, tychicus by RedheadWGlasses Thu July 26, 2007 @ 7:14 PM


Huh? by Jeffrey Thu July 26, 2007 @ 7:25 PM


One, Disney does not plan the event. by Blackrack Fri July 27, 2007 @ 1:57 PM

Boy Scouts???? by Adam W Fri August 3, 2007 @ 10:28 PM
by Richard S. Posted Thu July 26, 2007 @ 9:41 AM

A few things: Gay Days at Disney in Orlando were the first weekend in
June - always have been, so how is this recently. You are almost two
months late with your complaint.

With that being said, Gay Days are NOT organized, sponsored or
promoted by Disney. Gay Days are organized by the Orlando GLBT
community.

I was actually there on Saturday of Gay Days weekend. I had a blast. I
did not see anyone inappropriately dressed. Yes there were a few
people wearing T-shirts that said "I am not gay my boyfriend is" and
there were also gay and lesbian couples holding hands. But there was
no one making out or any other type of inappropriate behavior.


During Disney Gay Days, one park each day is designated as the park
for "the gay crowd". IE The Magic Kingdom might be the designated park
on Friday while Epcot will be the designated park on Saturday.

If the crowd at one park offends you so much you still have other
parks to visit.


You made a comment: "I do not feel a family orient park should have
people running around flaunting their sexuality."

If you saw two guys or two women holding hands on any other weekend
would you have been just as offended. This type of behavior could have
happened on any other day you were at the park.

You also say Disney should "avoid sexual oriented days at the park".
Well Disney is "straight" the remianing 360 days of the year so should
Disney not be opened those days?

Lastly, do you realize that a good number of the employees at Dinsey
are gay. Does this offend you as well?

Gays and Lesbians are part of the every day world, you need to accept
that fact and get over your homophobia



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And in regards to "flaunting their sexuality" and behavior of the OP... by ehartsay Sat July 28, 2007 @ 3:16 PM

Flaunting by Richard S. Mon August 6, 2007 @ 2:53 PM


by trs Posted Thu July 26, 2007 @ 9:02 AM

Well. I think it is very closed minded of you to expect that you be
informed of it being Gay Day. I'm almost positive that even when it is
not Gay Day, Gay people visit the park. Your letter almost makes it
sound like they all should have been denied entrance to the park
because they are not straight.

You want to comment on them dressing obscenely, try looking at the 12
and 13 year old girls flaunting themselves around in skirts and shorts
that wouldn't pass for a belt in my book. But I guess it's fine with
you to have that running around a "Family Oriented" theme park.

Your letter is in poor taste and you should be ashamed that you can
not get over your fears of people being different long enough for you
to enjoy your day at the park. What kind of example are you setting
for your children? Shame on you.

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by Marty5223 Posted Thu July 26, 2007 @ 8:30 AM

As someone that has attended one Gay Day event at Disney World in the
past Disney World does place signs at the gates telling people that it
is Gay Days at the park. I don't recall the exact verbage, but people
are warned. Matter of fact the day I was there the park was in an
overload situation and stopped allowing people to enter by mid
afternoon.

Anyway dress codes were enforced and other than seeing same sex people
holding hands....didn't see anything obscene or out of line.

Why did you take 7 weeks to complain about the event.

Anyway let me be the first to warn you of next years Gay Days. GAY
DAYS 2008 JUNE 3 - JUNE 9 Disney World

10th Annual Gay Days: October 57, 2007 Disneyland!

Its a Gay World After All! Oh excuse me I mean Small World! :)

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by inanna68 Posted Thu July 26, 2007 @ 8:13 AM

I wish that disney had grown up days. I don't want to have to deal
with all the screaming kids getting in my way when I want Captin Hooks
autograph but oh well we can always get what we want.

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yeah . . . by Aidan Devlon Fri February 8, 2008 @ 12:00 AM


by Harleycat Posted Thu July 26, 2007 @ 8:00 AM

Just for the record, gay people have families too!

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by Cinderelly Posted Wed July 25, 2007 @ 11:09 PM

My husband and I had our honeymoon in WDW last year the first week of
June. Because I consulted a travel guide I knew that the first Sat
would be full of people at Magic Kingdom. *Not because they were
gay/lesbian people, just cause it would be packed!*

In my guide book it says " Gay Days draw tens of thousands of gay and
lesbian travelers to Central Florida. This event began in 1991 as an
unoffical event at Disney World that ended up attracting 50,000
people. It has expanded to a week-long celebration, during which
Universal Studios and SeaWorld also host events. Keep in mind, red is
the color of choise for event-goers during this week, and Saturday is
when they descend en masse on the Magic Kingdom."

We actually got chatting with a local who told us what day the
event-goers go to which park, so the other ones wouldn't be as busy.
We had a great time and didn't see anything lewd.

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Um.... by Peregrina Thu July 26, 2007 @ 12:42 AM

In her defense.... by dawniedawn67 Thu July 26, 2007 @ 8:15 AM

..... by Peregrina Sun July 29, 2007 @ 3:58 AM


lewd by Cinderelly Thu July 26, 2007 @ 8:16 AM

I didn't mean to snap, I apologize by Peregrina Sun July 29, 2007 @ 4:00 AM


No harm no foul all the way around :) N/T by Cinderelly Sun July 29, 2007 @ 8:21 AM

by donno Posted Wed July 25, 2007 @ 10:46 PM

and I'll b e darned, there were gay people everywhere. And they were
flaunting it, baby!

I still can't believe warnings were not posted at the entrance to the
Lincoln Tunnel, so that visitors would know what they were getting
into.

Actually, we had a wonderful time, and the funniest people were the
gayest, so to speak.

This letter is extremely sad. "I have no problem with people being
gay." Oh sure, like that is believable.

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We took your advice.. by Harleycat Fri July 27, 2007 @ 10:05 AM

by Peregrina Posted Wed July 25, 2007 @ 10:12 PM

At least we know homophobia is still alive and well. *sigh* I would be
really offended if I weren't so amused by the positively archaic and
backwards attitude of the OP. Oh, now, gay people! Run! Run for the
hills! Protect the children! Shield the women! Close your minds to
thoughts of being different!

Maybe I should send him my vacation itinerary with a note added
'possibilities of late evening gayness and temps down in the bisexual
range'?

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by GryphonsKeeper Posted Wed July 25, 2007 @ 10:04 PM

if "gay days" bother you.. then check the website and plan your
vacations accordingly!

http://www.gaydays.com/

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Hmmm GK by RedheadWGlasses Wed July 25, 2007 @ 10:49 PM

by GryphonsKeeper Posted Wed July 25, 2007 @ 9:35 PM

You did say it was not the fact that gay people were there, because
let me clue you in on something, Disney is like "Gay Mecca". Gay men
walking around in bootie shorts and belly button showing tank tops do
not bother me. 500lb men in bootie shorts and belly shirts are a
whole 'nuther matter.

What you should be more concerned with, are pedophiles, who do not
attend "gay days" They like going every other day when parents are
not on guard about who is in the park rest room with Johnny. I would
RATHER you go on gay days because I would assume you are going to be
more vigilant with your children if you are afraid of homosexuals.

consider it a mixed blessing.

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by LadyMac Posted Wed July 25, 2007 @ 9:17 PM

Were they dressed as the Village People? Cuz that would steam me as
well. I mean, that's so 1970s. How dare they. Or maybe like Nathan
Lane in "Birdcage". Awful. Just awful.

Seriously though... if you had a real issue, it should have been taken
up with a park attendant who could have done something for you. I was
at a non-Disney theme park this weekend and a ride attendant wouldn't
let a man ride because he didn't have a shirt on. They CAN do
something if they know about it.

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by S. Brown Posted Wed July 25, 2007 @ 8:54 PM

Disney does not sponsor Gay Pride Week and it is not their
responsibility to inform you of city events.

What do you suggest they do? "Sir, I would like to take this
opportunity to advise you that you may encounter gay people at our
park as you've booked your vacation during Orlando's Gay Price Week."
Yea - - this would go over real well if you were gay.

I find it offensive that you consider gays at Disneyland offensive.

And many of today's teenagers top the charts of obscene in the manner
in which they dress.

Oh - - and I'm straight.

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by Angelic Princess:) Posted Wed July 25, 2007 @ 7:27 PM

did your kids mind at all? I've never heard of Gay Pride Week at
Disney....

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by A A Posted Wed July 25, 2007 @ 6:57 PM

Mickey Mouse is the gayest thing on the planet and you took your kids
to see him specifically so quit complaining.

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by RedheadWGlasses Posted Wed July 25, 2007 @ 6:53 PM

EVERY DAY IS HETEROSEXUALITY PRIDE DAY.

Geez, we straight people talk about our husbands, our wives, our
girlfriends, our boyfriends, our in-laws, our stepkids, etc. We talk
about our weddings, engagements, dates, etc. *WE* flaunt our
straightness each and every day.

Unless the gay people at Disney were having sex or having
inappropriate levels of public displays of affection, you have no
right to complain.

"I have no problem with people being gay."

I think you do.

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hun... don't worry about it. by GryphonsKeeper Wed July 25, 2007 @ 10:01 PM


THANK YOU!! by Quasi_Mondo Thu July 26, 2007 @ 1:29 AM


I got the same impression by BellaSera Thu July 26, 2007 @ 8:09 AM


I always enjoy by calm Thu July 26, 2007 @ 9:57 PM


You know where most of those kids came from? by BellaSera Fri July 27, 2007 @ 8:02 AM
by azgirl Posted Wed July 25, 2007 @ 6:16 PM

Disney doesn't sponsor the Gay Days at their parks. They also can't
discriminate against their visitors. I also don't think it is
Disney's responsibility to inform everyon who wants to book a trip of
any other organization that is planning a trip to the park during
their visit.

I actually took my boys to Disneyland last October and it happened to
be on Gay Day. It didn't bother me one bit and my boys were actually
entertained by the group of guys singing showtunes in the long,
slow-moving line in Splash Mountain.

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by - Leanne- Posted Wed July 25, 2007 @ 5:33 PM

It sure is a time to have a discussion with the kiddies if they are
old enough and if not they may think they are part of any other parade
but one they won't recognize.

Someone wrote last year about the same thing but your letter seems to
have a better tone to it from what I can remember.

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by Jeffrey Posted Wed July 25, 2007 @ 4:11 PM

I think a better approach would be for you to inform a cast member of
anyone that you see that's being obscene.

I can see no reason to inform people of what other guests will be
there... Nor can I see any reason to ban "gay day." What I can see,
and should be enforced, is avoidance of lewd behavior.

However, contrary to popular belief, gay days at Disney don't tend to
be filled with naked people having sex in the streets. Are there some
people that act inappropriately? Yes. But that same problem happens
the other 364 days of the year.

Anyway...

I can just see it now. You call to buy tickets and they say "just to
let you know, we're going to have a lot of black people here that day"
or "in case this matters to you, Microsoft is having a conference
event... if you don't like nerds, you might want to pick another
day..."

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Could you imagine... by Casmly Wed July 25, 2007 @ 4:41 PM

by BellaSera Posted Wed July 25, 2007 @ 3:50 PM

From what I could tell from quick Internet research is that Gay Pride
Week was being held in the city of of Orlando (I assume you were in
Orlando) in early June. It is not Disney's job to inform you of the
events of the city.

Also, there WAS a "gay day" at Disney, but was not sponsored by Disney
but rather by the organizers of Gay Pride Week. Again, this is not
Disney's responsibility; this was held by another group.

While I do sympathize somewhat, Disney simply cannot call out every
single group that is sponsoring a "day" at their park.

Next time, before you book a trip, check out the city's website (in
this case, Orlando). They should have a good listing of what's going
on in the city so you can make an informed decision.

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that's a really good idea by Bobosgirl Wed July 25, 2007 @ 7:04 PM




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