Disney bucked anti-LGBTQ bill: employees

According to one report, a Disney employee attacked the entertainment giant for a “horrific miscalculation” when the company announced its rejection of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law.

Florida congressional candidate Jose Castillo who said that FoxNews that he is Walt Disney’s resort duty manager, said late Wednesday that the company’s decision to oppose the bill could isolate customers who support the legislation.

“I think they’re making a terrible miscalculation that you know could end up being bad for business,” Castillo, who is running for the Sunshine State’s 9th congressional district, said on Fox’s The Ingraham Angle.

The bill, which would ban teachers from discussing LGBTQ issues like sexual orientation or gender identity with students unless they are in fourth grade or above, was signed into law on Monday and has been widely vilified as homophobic and transphobic.

Critics of the law say it could isolate young children with LGBTQ parents or the disease gender dysphoria, while proponents say it aims to protect children and give parents the right to choose when such issues should be discussed.

Jose Castillo.
Jose Castillo believes Disney’s decision to oppose the Don’t Say Gay law could isolate customers who support the legislation.

Disney workers staged a strike last week as the company initially refused to denounce the legislation, prompting the company to issue a statement Monday saying the law “should never have been signed.”

“Our goal as a company is to have this law repealed by the legislature or struck down in court, and we remain committed to supporting the national and state organizations working to achieve that,” the statement said was published on the company’s corporate Twitter account.

“We are committed to protecting the rights and safety of LGBTQ+ members of the Disney family and the LGBTQ+ community in Florida and across the country.”

Ron DeSantos.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis displays the signed Parental Rights in Education Act, also known as the Don’t Say Gay Act.
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Disney employees protest Florida employees "don't say gay" The invoice.
Critics of the law say it could isolate young children with LGBTQ parents or gender dysphoria.
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Disney employee Nicholas Maldonado holds a sign while protesting outside Walt Disney World.
A Disney employee holds a sign while protesting in front of Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
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Castillo said the law came from lawmakers elected to office, which is part of the democratic process.

“On the left, after this election, they talk about democracy, and what about our democracy now, you know?” Castillo said.

“The people of Florida, many Disney cast members, voted for our state legislature. These are duly elected members of the Florida House of Representatives and Florida Senate who passed this bill and sent it to the Governor.”

Jose Castillo talks to Laura Ingraham.
Jose Castillo told Laura Ingraham that he wasn’t concerned that speaking out might jeopardize his job at Disney.

When asked if he was concerned his speaking out could jeopardize his job at Disney, Castillo said his candidacy and his “heavily conservative” identity were “no secret.”

“If I were fired for my views, I think it would send the wrong message to conservatives that conservatives are not welcome at Disney,” the candidate said.

Disney did not immediately return a request from The Post to confirm that Castillo is still employed by the company, nor did it respond to a request for comment. Disney bucked anti-LGBTQ bill: employees


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