Walt Disney World to Host Largest LGBTQ+ Conference in the World
In what appears to be a direct shot at Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis, Walt Disney World has just announced that they will be hosting what is being billed as the “largest LGBTQ+ conference in the world,” this September with the Out & Equal Workplace Summit.
For just about a year now, The Walt Disney Company and Walt Disney World have been in disagreement with DeSantis over legislation he has introduced in the state including the infamous “Don’t Say Gay Bill.” DeSantis says that Disney promotes a “woke” agenda and has even gone as far as trying to dissolve the Central Florida Resort of its Reedy Creek special tax district designation.
Ultimately, over this altercation, a five-member committee was selected by DeSantis to replace the committee that included members selected by Disney. The Reedy Creek tax district has also been renamed the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District. When it comes down to Disney paying taxes though, nothing much has changed.
The Out & Equal Workplace LGBTQ+ conference will be held at Walt Disney World from September 11 to September 14, 2023. It has also been confirmed the conference will be held again at Walt Disney World in 2024 which is also when it is expected DeSantis will be running for President of the United States.
The Walt Disney Company isn’t the only corporate sponsor of the Out & Equal initiative. Other corporations also support the event and are likely to have booths at the event include McDonald’s, Cracker Barrel, Amazon, and even government agencies such as the CIA and State Department.
Out & Equal was established over 20 years ago to bring business leaders; employees; and experts in diversity, equity, and inclusion together to promote equality.
Per the Out & Equal website, “Over more than 20 years, Summit has grown to become the preferred place to network and share strategies that create inclusive workplaces, where everyone belongs and where LGBTQ+ employees can be out and thrive.”
The Out & Equal Workplace LGBTQ+ summit at Walt Disney World is expected to attract a crowd of over 5,000 attendees this September. The conference last year was hosted in Las Vegas.
In addition to the Out & Equal LGBTQ+ conference this September, Walt Disney World will also host the annual “Gay Days’ celebration this June.
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