While many employees protested at Disney’s headquarters in Burbank, California, it didn’t seem like a huge show across the company.
“We know how important this issue is to LGBTQ+ employees, their families and allies, we respect our colleagues’ right to express their opinions, and we pledge our continued support to the LGBTQ+ community in the fight for equal rights,” a Disney spokesperson told CNN Business.
The post, which included a picture of Mickey Mouse’s ears colored in a rainbow, said the unit opposes “any legislation that violates basic human rights, and stands in solidarity and supports the LGBTQIA+ cast, crew, imaginers and fans who make their voices heard. Today and every day.”
“ESPN believes in inclusivity and condemns legislation and actions across the United States that violate any human rights. We stand with our colleagues, friends, families, and LGBTQIA+ fans,” the account said. “We will continue to partner with organizations that support the LGBTQIA+ community, be accountable as we don’t live up to expectations, and never stop telling stories about LGBTQIA+ athletes.”
“We strongly condemn all legislation that violates the basic human rights of people in the LGBTQIA+ community – especially legislation that targets and harms young people and their families,” the tweet read.
Disney+ added that it strives to create a service that “reflects the world we live in.”
Our hope is to be a source of inclusive, empowering, and authentic stories that unite us in our common humanity.
As for the parent company itself, Disney hosted an online meeting with all of its units on Monday on the topic.
“This morning we had a company-wide virtual conversation about anti-LGBT legislation and Disney’s response to it,” the company told CNN Monday. “We know how important this issue is to LGBTQ+ employees, their families and allies, we respect our colleagues’ right to express their opinions, and we pledge our continued support to the LGBTQ+ community in the fight for equal rights.”
CNN’s Laila Santiago and Gregory Lemos contributed to this report.
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