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