Flordia’s ‘Don’t say gay’ bill has daunting resemblance to the UK’s now abolished section 28. The bill bans any discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity from kindergarten to third grade classes (aged 8-9) or when “not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards”. It has been spoken of largely on social media and has been shadowed by further legislation such as the upcoming bill in Texas, USA, which would mean accepting and supporting a trans child, could be classed as child abuse.
Disney was called to make a statement in the first place, as they were donating political candidates who backed the bill, which was quickly uncovered and spread on News outlets and social media alike. When Disney was not forthcoming with their opinion on the matter and even said, he thinks corporations “do very little to change outcomes or minds,”, there was murmurs of a boycott to the company. After hearing this, the CEO has stated that they do their best to be supportive of the LGBTQ+ community, including different characters in their media content. As of 12th March 2022, Disney has said they will pause all political donations, although whether this is in fear of backlash or their own decision went unsaid.
The beloved company does have a certain reputation for its’ censorship but it claims to have no ill-intent or ill will against the LGBTQ+ community. For more insight and information, see the articles below