Disney will donate $5 million to the Human Rights Campaign and other organizations to protect the rights of LGBT people.
This week, a bill was passed in Florida that prohibits elementary schools from talking about sexual orientation or gender identity in class. That caused quite a stir. Disney has also been criticized for keeping a low profile in this matter.
When the so-called Don’t Say Gay law in Florida was first discussed, Disney did not speak aloud. This was striking, as the company has expressed support for the LGBTI community in the past. However, on Wednesday, CEO Bob Chapek broke the silence and promised to support the LGBTI community through this donation. He also said he would talk to the Republican governor of Florida about “the concerns” Disney has about the new law.
“The governor has listened to our concerns and will sit with LGBTI members of our team in Florida and me to discuss this,” Chapek said at a shareholders’ meeting, according to trade magazine Variety. It was also agreed to investigate the pay gap between origin and gender within the entertainment company in the same meeting. Previously, shareholders were negative about such an investigation.