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06/04/2009

The sanctity of mouse ears, frozen lemonade, and teacup rides

by Jeremy Hooper

With the annual Gay Days event scheduled to be held this weekend in Orlando, FL, local anti-gay David Caton is ramping up his attempts to make the Mouse House grouse, as he works to make an LGBT person sound like the equivalent of a louse. But before doing so, he really should have studied up before acting so Goofy. Check this out:

"Why would Disney allow Gay Day to take place during regular operating hours at the expense of offending tens of thousands of unsuspecting guests when they require other special events to be held after normal operating hours? Disney requires special events like Grad Night [sic] and Night of Joy to be held after the Magic Kingdom's regular operating hours. Disney does this to avoid having a large group of likeminded people in the park at the same time with regular patrons who expect a normal day at the Magic Kingdom."
Gay Day at Disney exposes thousands of children to lifestyle [ADA]

Okay, now time for some actual facts:

Picture 3-216Grad Nite is an all-night party by design (and name). The intent is to give graduating seniors a fun and safe alternative to other nightlife options. So it;'s not that it required to be P.M. in nature -- it's that the all-night party is specifically tailored to meet the requirements of a nighttime-loving youth set! If these same students want to purchase daytime entrance to the parks, then by all means they can. (*read all about the event on Wiki)

Picture 5-208As for Night of Joy? Well we're not as sure that it is evening event by design. However, we find no evidence of controversy about it's PM start time. So presumably it, a concert event, is held after sundown because that is when live music shows typically are held. And again, if participants want to purchase entrace to the park for the day, and if they want to wear a shirt identifying themselves as a participant in the Night of Joy event, then they have every right to do so!

And it should also be noted that both events, unlike Gay Days, are officially recognized by Disney as sponsored events (official recognition: Grad Nite & Night of Joy)

Picture 8-143Now, back to Gay Days: This is an unofficial Disney event. In fact, if you look a the logo, you will see that it's not even branded as "Disney Gay Days" -- it's "Orlando Gay Days"! Essentially, those who enter the Disney parks for the day are simply everyday attendees who've bought regular tickets -- they just happen to be wearing shirts that signify they are with the Gay Days crowd. The host hotels are on Disney property, but are not Disney-owned hotels. And it is in these same hotels where the events are held. So essentially, in seeking any sort of ban or protest against the Gay Days participants, the protesters are asking Disney to prevent people from buying tickets to their parks and wearing certain t-shirts!

But of course for the "pro-family" movement, these facts are far less important than proving that God hates granting churros and Splash Mountain rides to LGBT people. So when it comes to their attempts to park the pesky gays, the only theme they need is the one that asks you to see gay folk as less than "normal."

Far-right, "pro-family" activism: It's still a small-minded world, after all.

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Your thoughts

It's not enough to be a bigot, he also has to be too lazy to get his facts straight as well?

Posted by: Bill S | Jun 4, 2009 3:39:08 PM

I really wish the Gay Days would be in July. I'm a teacher and would love to go with my partner, but I can't take time off of work to go. Ah well.

Posted by: stojef | Jun 4, 2009 4:09:15 PM

And lest he forget, many of the LGBT folks visiting Disney will be there with their young children, for whom late nights are not feasible. I should know--my spouse and I were there with our five-year-old son just recently, and he would definitely crash and burn before the park's 9 p.m. closing time.

Posted by: Dana | Jun 4, 2009 9:04:04 PM

Radical anti-gay activists never bother to check facts. Why let facts get in the way of a good, anti-gay rant?

Posted by: Michael | Jun 4, 2009 9:18:38 PM

"It's not enough to be a bigot, he also has to be too lazy to get his facts straight as well?

And this is new how? Here was Liz Cheney saying her father never said 9/11/ and Al Qaeda was linked to the Iraq war. That Hasseback said Obama didn't say Democracy when he said it four times...

Facts have never ever stopped fanaticism.

HOOT! Have fun all in Orlando!

Posted by: LOrion | Jun 4, 2009 10:07:09 PM

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