By Anna Jaffray
Gay Days, a “…total gay and lesbian vacation experience,” has its annual event at Disney World in Orlando, Florida on June 2nd, and is expected to draw as many crowds and as much controversy as ever.
Gay Days began as a single day event in 1991 at the Magic Kingdom where the LGBT community was encouraged to “Wear Red and Be Seen.” Since then, Gay Days has expanded into a week long endeavor, with a multitude of events and thousands of participants.
The events have moved beyond much of the initial controversy and have become more accepted at the nation’s renowned family park. Now, Disney World welcomes Gay Day visitors with additional events and a fireworks show while hotels in the area sign the “Gay Days friendly pledge” in support of the events and its participants.
However, the Florida Family Association has taken issue with the Gay Day festivities. According to their website, the FFA sees the events as “highly offensive” and they encourage “traditional” families not to attend.
The organization plans to spend $8,000 to hire an aircraft to pull a banner that reads, “Warning, Gay Day at Disney 6/2” for ten hours the day before and the day of, to warn families prior to entering the park. On the groups website, the organization asks, “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 FFA, founded in 1987, seeks to “educate people on what they can do to defend, protect and promote traditional, biblical values.” The FFA also engages in campaigns against pornography, and promotes the belief that President Obama is a Muslim.