Disney employees walk out, as ESPN and Disney+ back LGBTQ+ rights
While many employees at Disney headquarters in Burbank, California, did protest, it did not appear to be a massive showing across the company.
“We know how important this issue is for our LGBTQ+ employees, their families and allies, we respect our colleagues’ right to express their views, and we pledge our ongoing support of the LGBTQ+ community in the fight for equal rights,” a Disney spokesperson told CNN Business.
The post, which included a photo of rainbow colored Mickey Mouse ears, said that the unit opposes “any legislation that infringes on basic human rights, and stand in solidarity and support our LGBTQIA+ Cast, Crew, and Imagineers and fans who make their voices heard today and every day.”
“ESPN believes in inclusivity and denounces legislation and actions across the United States that infringe on any human rights. We stand with our LGBTQIA+ colleagues, friends, families, and fans,” the account said. “We’ll continue to partner with organizations that support the LGBTQIA+ community, be accountable where we fall short of expectations, and never stop telling stories about LGBTQIA+ athletes.”
“We strongly denounce all legislation that infringes on the basic human rights of people in the LGBTQIA+ community — especially legislation that targets and harms young people and their families,” the tweet read.
Disney+ added that it strives to create a service that “reflects the world in which we live.”
“Our hope is to be a source for inclusive, empowering, and authentic stories that unite us in our shared humanity,” it read.
As for the parent company itself, Disney hosted an online meeting with all its units Monday on the topic.
“This morning we held a virtual company-wide conversation on anti-LGBTQ+ legislation and Disney’s response to it,” the company told CNN Monday. “We know how important this issue is for our LGBTQ+ employees, their families and allies, we respect our colleagues’ right to express their views, and we pledge our ongoing support of the LGBTQ+ community in the fight for equal rights.”
CNN’s Leyla Santiago and Gregory Lemos contributed to this report.