Disney Employees Rally Against Florida's 'Don't Say Gay Bill'

About 60 Walt Disney Co. staffers walked off the job Tuesday to protest the company’s initial reluctance to publicly fight Florida legislation that is opposed by gay rights groups.

The employees marched and chanted in front of Disney’s Burbank, California, headquarters, according to a person who was present. Another gathering was planned at a public park nearby, with speeches and a group collecting inspirational messages to send to LGBTQ families in Florida.

Chief Executive Officer Bob Chapek sparked the controversy this month when he said Disney wouldn’t take a public position on a Florida bill that would bar schools from discussing sexual orientation and gender identity with students from kindergarten to third grade. Disney has been a leader in advancing LGBTQ causes in Hollywood over the years, making the decision especially noteworthy.

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