Disney and the Tolerance Two-Step

There’s an interesting situation developing at the Walt Disney Company. Disney, one of the early pioneers of corporate gay acceptance, conducts mandatory sensitivity training for employees. The goal is full tolerance for and zero discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender (GLBT) employees.

But the tolerance enforcement saga has turned up a new twist: It appears there have been numerous documented incidents of intolerance against ex-gays. And one non-profit advocacy organization is asking Disney to address it. “Ex-gays are forced to remain closeted because they are not protected by diversity policies and are subjected to open disapproval by others in the workplace,” said Regina Griggs, executive director of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX).

PFOX became aware of the tolerance quandary after being contacted by Bobbie Strobhar, a Disney shareholder who submitted a resolution to Disney asking the corporation to expand its antidiscrimination policies to include ex-gays. “Disney should treat ex-gays and their friends with the respect they deserve," said Strobhar. "We need more of these resolutions nationwide to assure tolerance and safety in the workplace for the ex-gay community and their supporters."

Disney’s initial response was to ignore the request, but the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) disagreed, and has in effect ordered Disney to include the proposal among the issues addressed at its 2010 annual meeting.

The question yet to be answered is, Is tolerance really about tolerance?

9 thoughts on “Disney and the Tolerance Two-Step

  1. True tolerance is where you allow and even defend the right of others to disagree with your opinions.
    Their “tolerance” is intolerance for all who differ.
    Will be interesting to see if they broaden the tent to include ex-gays and if they truly work to create a non-hostile workplace for ex gays.
    People of different life choices should be able to work together…Let’s hope Disney expands its narrow definition of tolerance.

  2. Is tolerance really about tolerance?
    In civil discourse today? The answer is, no.
    “Tolerance” has become a PC buzzword that now means not only don’t persecute or discriminate against someone based on race, creed, religion, etc…, but don’t even offend them. Any statement that hurts the feelings or self-esteem of someone in a protected class is out-of-bounds.
    Note to fellow Christians: By virtue of the crimes perpetrated in the name of your faith and the narrowness and hatefulness of your thinking, you cannot claim you’re a protected class based on your religion.

  3. “subjected to open disapproval by others in the workplace”
    Like what? I’d be interested to hear of what this entails.
    In any rate, “ex gay” is by-and-large a misnomer at best and possibly a myth. Generally, what this indicates is that the person is simply living either as a celibate or as a heterosexual acting contrary to their instincts.
    See here
    http://www.drthrockmorton.com/producersnote.asp
    and here
    http://www.boxturtlebulletin.com/2008/05/11/1990
    Dr Throckmorton is a well-respected and noted Christian counselor. He notes that his aim is generally to assist people to live in accord with their values, and he does not engage in reparative therapy.

  4. As I understand it, a person’s take on this subject hangs on whether he believes being gay is biologically predetermined or is a choice.
    To answer your question, What kind of open disapproval is being experienced in the workplace? I would refer you to PFOX. There’s a link in the post.
    Also, here’s a quote and another link for follow up: Greg Quinlan, a director for PFOX, said it was about time that all sexual orientation laws and programs nationwide provide “true diversity and equality.” “I have experienced more personal assaults as a former homosexual than I ever did as a gay man,” he said. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=121865

  5. Greg Quinlan doesn’t exactly have a great track record when it comes to honesty.
    “Assaults”? Give me a break. Someone probably asked him too many questions: he considers “Ex-Gay Watch” a “hate group” (which is beyond absurd)..
    http://www.exgaywatch.com/wp/2008/09/ex-gay-greg-quinlan-severely-distorts-researchers-comments-accuses-xgw-of-fraud/
    What is funny is how many Christians will give him a pass on his very unscriptural divorce but not his homosexuality.

  6. I don’t know Greg Quinlan personally. I quoted him and referred you to the link in response to your question.
    Regardless of what you think of him as an individual, the question the news item raises is this: Will “tolerance” be extended to those who identify themselves as ex-gay in the same manner in which tolerance is extended to those who identify themselves as gay?
    Or, as it was originally worded, Is tolerance really about tolerance?

  7. “Or, as it was originally worded, Is tolerance really about tolerance?”
    It should be. No one should be fired from their jobs for being an “ex-gay”, or denied housing or employment. They should be able to marry if they wish. They shouldn’t be physically threatened. I think employees of any kind should not have to endure taunting or verbal harassment at work.
    Outside the office, people need to develop a thicker skin and quit whining, though, IMO.
    I’m simply suggesting that it’s unlikely there’s a wide scale, orchestrated effort to deny “ex-gays” their rights (as there has against gays for years).
    Keep in mind that there’s a bill being proposed in Uganda (with the backing of some Christians) as we speak that would not only put gays in prison for life, but would fine and/or imprison anyone who is found to be overly sympathetic to them by not turning them in, even if it’s friends or family.

  8. John FB, for what it’s worth, I think what’s going on in Uganda is abhorrent, and if some people who identify themselves as Christian condone it, I would take issue with them.
    I’m glad to hear you say the tolerance standard should be the same for everybody. I especially like your comment, “people need to develop a thicker skin and quit whining.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.

  9. i don’t think gays should get mreriad because well.. it’s just GAY! pun intended! man, i’m clever! i don’t believe in God and well nobody would want to marry me, although i’ll be doing the cooking, been serving women knuckles sandwiches for about 4 years now. seeing gay people hold hands and kiss each other in a church is like when i stay the night at my best friends house i sneak into his 1 year old baby’s room and cum in his face while everyone’s sleeping. there’s a reason why it’s illegal.

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