Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX)
Ex-Gay Addresses Disney Board of Directors
Questions gay lobby for rejecting equality for ex-gays
“Disney’s diversity training emphasizes gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgenders, but fails to include ex-gays,” explained Quinlan. “Ex-gays remain closeted because they are not protected by diversity policies and are subject to open disapproval. Employees who support the ex-gay community are also not welcome to express their views.”
In response to the resolution asking for inclusion and diversity for the ex-gay community, Daryl Herrschaft, director of the workplace project at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, was quoted by Daily Finance as saying that the resolution is “wrongheaded.” The Human Rights Campaign, known as HRC, is the nation’s largest gay rights organization advocating for gay equality.
“How can HRC demand gay equality when it refuses to extend equality to others?” asked Quinlan. “HRC demands that gays and transgenders be included in diversity policies, but belittles ex-gays who ask for the same rights that gays and transgenders currently enjoy. HRC insists that men can change their gender to become the opposite sex, but refuses to acknowledge that men like me can change our sexual orientation from gay to straight.”
Every year the HRC Foundation issues a Corporate Equality Index which rates American companies on their equal treatment of gays, bisexuals, and transgenders. HRC gave Disney a 100 rating, its highest score. HRC rated Disney on its corporate nondiscrimination policy, diversity training, benefits, employee resource group and diversity council, advertising to gays, sponsorship of gay community events or organizations, and for not engaging in action that would undermine gay and transgender equality.
“Is it a conflict of interest for any corporation in this country to donate money or other form of support to HRC, which then rates those same corporations on corporate equality?” asked Quinlan in his speech to the Disney Board of Directors.
“Disney, your equality index score is -0- for ex-gays and their supporters. You should treat former homosexuals with the same respect and benefits you give to gays and transgenders.”
“This week HRC is celebrating the first gay marriages in
The Disney resolution needed a vote of 3% to pass for inclusion at next year’s meeting, and received approximately 2%. Quinlan is gratified by the support he received from shareholders present at the meeting. “Shareholders applauded, shook my hand and said it was about time this happened,” said Quinlan.
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