Because of their national ban on allowing LGBT troop leaders, Walt Disney World (WDW) has decided to stop supporting Orlando-area chapters of the Boy Scouts of America.
In an email, Boy Scouts’ Central Florida Council Board President Robert Utsey wrote: “The National BSA Council has reached out to WDW to try to resolve the situation, however, according to WDW, their views do not currently align with the BSA and they are choosing to discontinue this level of support. We will continue to keep an open line of communication with them, but at this time, are unable to reverse their decision.”
Disney’s Harassment Prevention and Discrimination Policy states:
“The Walt Disney Company’s policy prohibits employees from harassing any other employee, guest or other person in the course of the company’s business for any reason prohibited by law, including, but not limited to, race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, covered veteran status, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, or any other basis prohibited by state or federal law.”
While last spring it was decided that the BSA would allow openly gay scouts, openly gay leaders are still banned.
Disney has a gay-friendly reputation, hosting the unofficial “Gay Days,” the first weekend in June that brings together tens of thousands of people in the LGBT community at Walt Disney World. They have also recently been attacked for promoting the “gay agenda to normalize homosexuality” in the new animated film Frozen.