For the past 20 years, an unofficial “Gay Day” has been organized at Disney World. The idea is quite simple: Tens of thousands of gay people put on red shirts and show up at Disney World on the same day. It’s a way for them to be visible and create a more comfortable environment for themselves. That’s really all there is to it.
Apparently this is a problem for some people. Prior to the event, the Florida Family Association hired an airplane to fly around Disney World with a massive banner that said “Warning: Gay Day at Disney”. (Why is it that every organization with “family” in their name is always giving me something to talk about?) Putting aside how utterly dystopic it feels to live in a country where planes fly around to warn about gay people, the purpose behind this gesture is unclear at best. What are they going to do, withdraw their idiot contingent from Disney World so the rest of us can enjoy it in peace?
What’s there to warn about, anyway? According to the Florida Family Association, children might be “exposed” to people wearing shirts, people wearing hats, or people hugging. Yes, that would be the “same-sex revelry” that’s allegedly “offending tens of thousands of unsuspecting guests”. Is that really the best they could come up with? There’s not exactly a pride parade going on here. So what’s the problem?
It seems like their real objection is to the mere presence of gay people, as if any space without an overwhelming majority of heterosexuals is no longer safe. It really just shows how threatened they are by gay people simply going about their lives. How can they expect Disney to go along with this? What are they supposed to do, maintain some minimum concentration of straight people? Should they start asking people if they’re gay before they’re allowed in? Even if that was legal, why would they?
Gay people go to Disney World like anyone else. They even bring their families. Are they not good enough for Disney? Maybe the Florida Family Association thinks so. But if their idea of a “Magic Kingdom” is one where everyone is straight, that’s not going to fly in the real world. It’s not like gay people hide in their coffins every other day of the year. Sooner or later, you’re going to see some gay people, and it won’t matter how offended you are. Disney might give you your money back, but you won’t be getting a refund from reality.