A "friend" of ours said that the week we are going to Orlando June happens to be gay pride week. Is he just messing with us? I shrugged it off until I saw that the Village People were performing on one of those days.
Thousands of homosexuals gathered here at Walt Disney World today, angering some conservative Christian groups and keeping Disney's public relations executives busy. Disney World did not sponsor the event. Instead, the Walt Disney Company posted signs outside the theme park explaining to visitors that "members of the gay community have chosen to visit the Magic Kingdom today in their recognition of Gay and Lesbian Pride Month" and that Disney "does not discriminate against anyone's right to visit the Magic Kingdom.
It's really a shame that every year, hundreds of families innocently plan trips to Walt Disney World without knowing about Gay Days. Over 30 years ago, a group started gathering at Disney World every first week in June. Through the years it's grown into a huge event.
It initially began in as a one-day event on the first Friday of June, but was then expanded to cover the whole first weekend of the month. Gay Days is organized by outside LGBT groups with Disney's assistance, although the company pretends that they have nothing to do with Gay Day and have no control over who enters their park. The radically liberal event permits openly gay and lesbian couples to visit the parks wearing red "gay pride" T-shirts and to dress in drag and engage in obscene activities during the regular park operating hours in full view of visiting families.
That means double the gay celebrating in Orlando this year, along with hopes that a million people worldwide will stand with Central Florida on Saturday. It belongs to all of Central Florida. They wore red shirts in a display of unity — and so they could recognize each other.
About 15, gay attendees entered the Disney park on Saturday compared to the normal level of 30, children and their parents. David Caton, executive director of Florida Family Association, told CP that members of his staff have been at Disney World during Gay Days for 18 of the 21 years that the event has occurred. But this was the first year they took to the sky to warn about it.
Walt Disney might have been horrified. Self-appointed guardians of the "family values" label definitely would have been horrified. But there was no fear -- or even a hint of irony -- on the part of the video crew stationed in the forecourt of Cinderella's Castle at the Magic Kingdom, their camera trained on a well-toned man wearing cut-off shorts, a red T-shirt and, dangling from his neck, rainbow-colored beads.
Tracked down these beauties today! Disneyland has given us yet another excuse to visit their parks, and this time it's not just for their churros. The amusement park recently began to sell rainbow-colored Micky Mouse ears in stores at both Walt Disney World in Florida and in the original Disneyland park in California, just weeks shy of Gay Pride Month, which occurs in June.
By Andrew Collins. From its modest beginnings in as a informal, one-day celebration at Walt Disney World at which gay and lesbian participants donned red shirts and traveled around the park together, Gay Days at Disney World—also known as Orlando Gay Days—has evolved into one of the world's foremost LGBTQ celebrations. It's also helped spawn an unrelated though similarly popular event in California each October, Gay Days Anaheim at Disneyland.
The Gay Days was the 28 th event — and they get more fabulous every year! It all started in when a group of friends organized an unofficial event in Disney World on a June weekend. On that first weekend, there were people; it was almost a flash mob, before flash mobs were a thing. Attendees can enjoy kick-off parties, dinner shows, pool nights and drag events before donning red and going on some roller coasters.