Shareholders Ask Walt Disney to Include Ex-Gays in Company's Non-Discrimination Policies

Tue Oct 13, 2009 7:35am EDT

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Shareholders Ask Walt Disney to Include Ex-Gays in Company's
Non-Discrimination Policies



BURBANK, Calif., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Concerned Disney
stockholders have submitted a shareholder resolution asking the Walt Disney
Company to include the prohibition of discrimination based on ex-gay status in
its sexual orientation policy and diversity training programs.  "The
resolution cites the need for diversity and equality in the workplace," said
Regina Griggs, executive director of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays
(PFOX).  


The supporting statement for the resolution explains that, "Disney's exclusion
of ex-gays from its sexual orientation policy and programs reinforces the
second-class status of ex-gays, and contributes to the negative perceptions
and discrimination against former homosexuals."  


The resolution also cites a recent judicial decision issued for the Nation's
Capital by the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.  In that case,
brought by PFOX, the Court ruled that former homosexuals are a protected class
that must be recognized under sexual orientation non-discrimination laws.  The
Court held that, under the D.C. Human Rights Act, sexual orientation does not
require immutable characteristics. 


"We agree with the Disney resolution that former homosexuals remain closeted
because of other's negative reactions or disapproval," said Griggs.  "As the
resolution states, ex-gay employees are uncomfortable being open about their
sexual orientation with their colleagues because they fear discrimination or
unfair treatment in the workplace."  


"Former homosexuals who come out publicly are commonly targeted for ridicule
and hate," explained Griggs. "We need more of these resolutions nationwide to
assure tolerance and safety in the workplace for the ex-gay community and
their supporters." 


"It is about time Disney treated ex-gays with the respect they deserve," said
Bobbie Strobhar, the stockholder who submitted the shareholder resolution. 
"Former homosexuals are true models of courage who have been vilified by gay
activists."


Disney has not yet acted upon the resolution.  


Information about discrimination against former homosexuals is detailed on
PFOX's website at http://pfox.org/about_us.html


SOURCE  Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays (PFOX)

Regina Griggs, Executive Director of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays,
+1-804-453-4737, PFOX@pfox.org
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