Gays Days at Walt Disney World being protested by anti-gay group

The Florida Family Association plans to fly banner warning families

Gays Days at Walt Disney World being protested by anti-gay group
17 April 2012

The anti-gay group Florida Family Association is seeking donations to 'warn families' about the unofficial 'Gay Day' taking place at Walt Disney World on June 2.'

'How would you feel if you entered the Magic Kingdom anticipating a normal day of fun with your family only to witness thousands of same-sex couples holding hands, hugging, kissing and wearing tee-shirts that promoted their lifestyle?' the group asks on its website.

They are trying to raise $8,400 to fly a banner around the Disney theme park in Orlando, FL. for 20 hours. They have so far raised half that amont.

While Disney does not sanction Gay Days and officially tells employees to treat it as any other summer day, Florida Family Association and other socially conservative groups accuse Disney of not doing anything to stop the event which began in 1991.

While the first year drew about 3,000 attendees wearing red shirts to make themselves more visible, it had grown to more than 20,000 participants as of 2010.

Florida Family Association flew a 'warning' banner last year and takes credit for  causing 'mainstream family attendance' at the theme park to drop between 50-60 percent and therefore sparing 'tens of thousands of children from the unexpected exposure to this coming out party.'

'Our team has estimated in several years past years that as many as ten thousand (10,000) people entered the Magic Kingdom only to promptly exit before 1:00 pm after witnessing Gay Day patrons,' the group claims.

The original one-day event has expanded into a week-long series of social gatherings at the area's various theme parks and hotels. This year's events take place May 29 through June 4.

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