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Mayor Welcomes Disney Gay Days Visitors
The Orlando Sentinel ^ | 6-04-03 | Melissa Harris

Posted on 06/05/2003 8:20:07 AM PDT by Colofornian

Mayor welcomes Gay Days visitors

By Melissa Harris | Sentinel Staff Writer Posted June 4, 2003

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer kicked off the annual Gay Days celebration Tuesday night in a historic and symbolic step toward ending years of bitterness between City Hall and the gay community.

"It's wonderful to finally have a mayor accept us in public as well as in private," said Marty Chapman, 48, an Orlando attorney who served on a grass-roots committee that proposed the ordinance.

Dyer told more than 700 people at the Orlando Museum of Art that he was proud the city was one of only eight in Florida to prohibit discrimination against gays.

"I'm the first mayor to attend this event, and I promise this won't be my last," Dyer told the cheering crowd.

Ever since Gay Days began with a gathering at Walt Disney World in 1991, the event has sparked ire from many conservative and religious groups.

Gay Days, for which visitors travel to Central Florida to enjoy its many tourist attractions, still creates a stir among those who argue the event sanctions an immoral lifestyle.

"This is not a pride or political event," said Chris Alexander-Manley, of Gay Days Inc., which is expecting the largest crowd in the event's history. "It's a nice tourist event and is a boost to the economy."

Melissa Harris can be reached at mharris@orlandosentinel.com or 407-420-6269.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: disney; disneyworld; florida; gay; gaydays; homonazi; homosexual; june; lavendermafia; tourists; vacation; visitors
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You can freep a poll at the Sentinel asking if you agree with the mayor's decision to speak at the opening of Gay Days (the city's first mayor to do so).

Now would Disney World be open to sanctioning a Swingers Day at Disney World? Would the Mayor come and speak at that? Or would he "discriminate" against those folks' multiple partner sexual orientation?

Where does licentiousness stop? Once you open the door to embracing and sanctioning any lifestyle and any alternative sexual orientation, ya can't close the door.

1 posted on 06/05/2003 8:20:07 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: Colofornian
Note to self: Avoid Disney for whole month.
2 posted on 06/05/2003 8:23:21 AM PDT by darkwing104
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To: Colofornian
"Hey, Mr. Mayor . . . Will we be able to find you in the public restrooms after your Gay Day speech ?"
3 posted on 06/05/2003 8:23:50 AM PDT by ex-Texan (primates capitulards toujours en quete de fromage!)
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To: Colofornian
Geez, I don't see what your problem is with "Gay Days" at Disney World, just stay out of the public restrooms and you won't have any problems... ;-)

Owl_Eagle

”Guns Before Butter.”

4 posted on 06/05/2003 8:24:10 AM PDT by South Hawthorne
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To: ex-Texan
You stole my thunder, FRiend!

Owl_Eagle

”Guns Before Butter.”

5 posted on 06/05/2003 8:25:13 AM PDT by South Hawthorne
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To: Colofornian
The Mayor is out of the closet. Is he in the public restrooms with his buddies?
6 posted on 06/05/2003 8:26:13 AM PDT by Arkie2
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To: Colofornian
The Baptists were right. BOYCOT DISNEY!
7 posted on 06/05/2003 8:26:24 AM PDT by Juan Medén
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To: Colofornian
Hey Mr. Mayor!
8 posted on 06/05/2003 8:26:31 AM PDT by Zavien Doombringer (A Government big enough to give you everything, is big enough to take it away - Davey Crockett)
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To: Colofornian; newgeezer
Ever since Gay Days began with a gathering at Walt Disney World in 1991, the event has sparked ire from many conservative and religious groups

There are a lot of liberal democrat union thugs with families out there too that also don't like gay days. My dad worked a union factory here in CR and they were all flaming democrats and they also hated homos and anyone that didn't work for a living. Liberals seem to be strange bedfellows, so to speak.

9 posted on 06/05/2003 8:26:55 AM PDT by biblewonk (Spose to be a Chrissssstian)
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To: darkwing104
>> Note to self: Avoid Disney for whole month. <<

How about forever. They won't see any of my money, ever again. I refuse to watch their movies.
10 posted on 06/05/2003 8:28:12 AM PDT by appalachian_dweller (On a long enough time scale, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.)
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To: Colofornian
When my 13-year-old son asked me recently why I didn't care for things Disney any more all I had to do was explain Gay Days to him. He got it.
11 posted on 06/05/2003 8:34:29 AM PDT by mommybain (not Walmart greeter material)
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To: Juan Medén
Tell Mayor Dyer what you think of his endorsement of the homosexual agenda.....send him an email by clicking HERE.
12 posted on 06/05/2003 8:37:58 AM PDT by Gopher Broke (Abortion: Big people killing little people)
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To: Colofornian
What exactly are they "celebrating?"
13 posted on 06/05/2003 8:46:20 AM PDT by Guillermo (Proud Infidel)
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To: Colofornian
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer kicked off the annual Gay Days celebration Tuesday night in a historic and symbolic step toward ending years of bitterness between City Hall and the gay community.

Get out of Florida fast.

14 posted on 06/05/2003 8:47:21 AM PDT by Joe Hadenuf
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To: darkwing104
At $52.00 per person, I think i'll avoid it completely. The lines are just to damn long and it's to damn hot to stand in line, especially if I had a bunch of fags all around me.
15 posted on 06/05/2003 8:48:30 AM PDT by HELLRAISER II
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To: Colofornian
I am all for "Gay Days" and more publicity of it. Gays have as much right as anyone else to go to Disney. If they will all go the same week. More publicity will make sure fewer families go at the same time.

The more there that one week, the less will be there when the rest of us go to Orlando.

16 posted on 06/05/2003 8:49:50 AM PDT by Onelifetogive
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To: darkwing104
The heck with a month. Soince they started this crap I don't buy Disney, I don't see Disney (including movies and ABC), and I sure as heck don't patronize DWorld or Dland. I work at avoiding this company. Everyday I seem to add some other tie in to the list. Disney is buried in the fine print everywhere.
17 posted on 06/05/2003 8:52:53 AM PDT by GOP_Proud
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To: GOP_Proud
Walt Disney must be rolling over in his grave!!
18 posted on 06/05/2003 8:57:36 AM PDT by Mears (.)
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To: GOP_Proud
Sad to say if I had to avoid places in Florida where there has been some kind of Gay Pride event I pretty much would have to move to Alabama. (Nothing against Alabama)
19 posted on 06/05/2003 9:00:13 AM PDT by darkwing104
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To: Onelifetogive
"I am all for "Gay Days" and more publicity of it. Gays have as much right as anyone else to go to Disney. If they will all go the same week. More publicity will make sure fewer families go at the same time."

My philosophy is live and let live, but I find it ironic the "festival" is held the first week most schools let out for the summer.

Coincidence? That's ok, Myrtle Beach is closer and more fun, IMHO.
20 posted on 06/05/2003 9:01:30 AM PDT by Darnright
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To: Colofornian
Gives whole new meaning to "Pirates of the Carribean".
21 posted on 06/05/2003 9:03:54 AM PDT by Dan from Michigan ("Hey Moose! Rocco! - Help the judge find his checkbook, will ya?")
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To: Darnright
My philosophy is live and let live, but I find it ironic the "festival" is held the first week most schools let out for the summer.

It is difficult for the teachers to attend while school is in session. They are in class, teaching indoctrinating recruiting their students.

22 posted on 06/05/2003 9:06:44 AM PDT by af_vet_1981
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To: Mears
"Walt Disney must be rolling over in his grave!!"

Hope not! That would put him in a vulnerable position...

23 posted on 06/05/2003 9:09:26 AM PDT by cibco (Xin Loi... Saddam)
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To: Darnright
"...but I find it ironic the "festival" is held the first week most schools let out for the summer."

THAT was my FIRST thought. I prefer to remember Disney from the 50's and not patronize anything Disney in this "modern" age. Besides, what the F* are they CELEBRATING anyway? Is there a BLACK days at DISNEY?....HISPANIC DAYS at DISNEY? CAUCASIAN DAYS at DISNEY? Are they celebrating AIDS? This makes me sick.

24 posted on 06/05/2003 9:10:11 AM PDT by goodnesswins (FR - the truth, and nothing but the truth.........getting to the bottom of journalistic bias.)
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To: Juan Medén
Now, please correct me if I am wrong, but I had heard that "Gay Days" was a Gay Pride event that was completely independent of Disney. In other words Disney does not sponsor the event, it just happens to be a time when Gay people get together to enjoy the Magic Kingdom.
25 posted on 06/05/2003 9:11:46 AM PDT by T.Smith
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To: T.Smith
please correct me if I am wrong, but I had heard that "Gay Days" was a Gay Pride event that was completely independent of Disney. In other words Disney does not sponsor the event, it just happens to be a time when Gay people get together to enjoy the Magic Kingdom.

According to a June 8, 1994 "Family News in Focus" segment, one vacationer present at Disney's Gay Days noticed "official/unofficial" greeters on hand to welcome homosexual customers. They had handouts. Would Disney provide greeters for other groups with diverse sexual orientations (multiple partners' groups)?

Also, a few years ago some guy named Mawyer went to Gay Days & video-taped Disney cast members simulating homosexual erotic dancing, groping, oral and anal sex and then sent censored still photos out of this to his readers. I'm not sure he still has those photos on his web site or not (www.christianaction.org).

So there you have it. Disney has domestic partnership benefits for employees; a homosexual employees group it sanctions; diversity training (re-ed session for heterosexuals); non-discrimination policies that include "sexual orientation" (whatever that means; corporations leave it undefined in those policies).

So if Disney is not squeamish about promoting homosexuality within the company, it certainly has no qualms introducing it to children and teens in some of their dance areas each June.

26 posted on 06/05/2003 9:28:37 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: Colofornian
"Also, a few years ago some guy named Mawyer went to Gay Days & video-taped Disney cast members simulating homosexual erotic dancing, groping, oral and anal sex and then sent censored still photos out of this to his readers."

Ewwwww! I certainly didn't know THAT!
27 posted on 06/05/2003 9:31:35 AM PDT by T.Smith
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To: Darnright
My philosophy is live and let live...

This philosophy works better in some neck of the woods than others. For example if Lot had tried out this philosophy for size and season, it wouldn't have worked too well: "and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)..." (2 Peter 2:7-8)

Obviously, the Internet, films, TV, and our culture in general has callously desensitized most of us so that it's tough to distress or torment whatever vestige of righteousness remains.

Live and let live? If folks are spiritually dead, then our motto could instead be, "Revive and let them live forever." Simply put, we tend not to value them as God does.

29 posted on 06/05/2003 9:39:49 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: Colofornian
"This is not a pride or political event,"

I don't know about that. Some gays (at least) seem to take great pride in public groping and/or 'intercourse'. And for the gay activists, EVERYTHING is a political event.

30 posted on 06/05/2003 9:45:36 AM PDT by MEGoody
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To: Guillermo
"What exactly are they "celebrating?"

Why, their gayness of course. They want all of us to celebrate it with them.

31 posted on 06/05/2003 9:47:30 AM PDT by MEGoody
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To: Colofornian
A gay pal of mine is going, and he says the "word" is that it is Disney's most profitable weekend. FWIW.
32 posted on 06/05/2003 9:53:36 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: MEGoody
"What exactly are they "celebrating?" Why, their gayness of course. They want all of us to celebrate it with them.

Not me! I got better things to do.

33 posted on 06/05/2003 9:56:37 AM PDT by darkwing104
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To: Colofornian
Mayor Welcomes Disney Gay Days Visitors

Did he bend over, grab his ankles, and give them an "all-access pass"?

34 posted on 06/05/2003 10:01:03 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Colofornian
That site does not have anything like that as far as I could tell. A Google search produced a lot of vomit-worthy sites that I would rather not have associated with my company PC.

I tend to agree with the principle that they're going to do it anyway, so it may as well get as much publicity as possible. That way people who might not want to be there for that will know to stay away. Somebody else's gayness does not affect me - on an individual basis - but I object to PDA in any form. Plus, I definitely don't want to explain to my young children why two men/women/miscellaneous are kissing over there.
35 posted on 06/05/2003 10:30:58 AM PDT by T.Smith
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To: darkwing104
Note to self - Avoid Disney, and the entire Orlando area - forever....
36 posted on 06/05/2003 10:37:48 AM PDT by TheBattman (Big Brother is closer than you would like to know......)
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To: Juan Medén
Ummm...and we are suppose to be surprised?
37 posted on 06/05/2003 10:39:13 AM PDT by TheBattman (Big Brother is closer than you would like to know......)
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To: Joe Hadenuf
Orlando Mayor "Booty-Buddy" Dyer kicked off the annual Gay Days celebration

Just thought the correction had to be made for clarification and honesty.....

38 posted on 06/05/2003 10:41:28 AM PDT by TheBattman (Big Brother is closer than you would like to know......)
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To: Dan from Michigan
Gives whole new meaning to "Butt-Pirates of the Carribean", you mean?
39 posted on 06/05/2003 10:44:00 AM PDT by TheBattman (Big Brother is closer than you would like to know......)
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To: Colofornian
Disney is a business to make a profit. It is not a religous or a constitutional institution. We are free to purchase or not tp ourchase its products. Let the market decide if welcoming Gays is good or bad for Disney.
41 posted on 06/05/2003 10:48:42 AM PDT by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorisim by visiting www.johnathangaltfilms.com)
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Disney is a business to make a profit. It is not a religous or a constitutional institution. We are free to purchase or not tp ourchase its products. Let the market decide if welcoming Gays is good or bad for Disney.

Disney is a business aimed primarily at children . Unwary parents and grandparents taking those children to a theme park in June are not expecting to walk into scenarios similar to a gay bar (gay couples kissing, etc.).

While the market (lack of it) may be the best voice Disney needs to hear, Disney is also a multi-media enterprise--ABC included. Broadcast media are not one-way channels of communication. It's not just their prerogative to emit waves of propaganda without social comment/ feedback to their intentional social agendas.

Elsewise you could say the same thing for every corporation & similar entities under the sun. The NY Times is a business to make a profit. It is not a religious or a constitutional institution. We are free to purchase or not to purchase its products. Let the market decide if...Well, of course. The local abortion clinic is a business to make a profit. It is not a religious or a constitutional institution. We are free to purchase or not to purchase its products. Let the market...The local mob is a business to make a profit. It is not a religious or a constitutional institution. We are free to purchase or not to purchase its products. Let the market...

Simply put: Social stigma is still a powerful deterrant to irresponsible corporate ethics. If Disney wants to redefine marriage thru domestic partnership benefits; if it wants to offer Swinger Days in the year 2012 that my grandchildren may unwittingly be walking into some day; then these are issues that include the checkbook but also go beyond it.

42 posted on 06/05/2003 11:16:48 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: Colofornian
A few years ago, I remember Dr. Robertson telling us that God would destroy Orlando with tornadoes and hurricanes if Disney World didn't stop having gay days. It didn't happen -- so I guess Disney and Orlando think they can continue to buck God's wrath with these events.
43 posted on 06/05/2003 11:54:21 AM PDT by EdJay
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To: Guillermo
What exactly are they "celebrating?"

They are celebrating the fact that they can stick their figurative finger into the eye of every American who liked traditional American values, society and behavior, and get away with it.

I always liked Mickey and Donald, as a kid. Snow White was my first movie. I am no Baptist. But any Conservative who doesn't give at least partial support to the Southern Baptist boycott, deserves what he sees.

William Flax Return Of The Gods Web Site

44 posted on 06/05/2003 12:05:46 PM PDT by Ohioan
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To: Guillermo
'What exactly are they "celebrating?" '...

A LifeStyle Of DEATH, both Physical and Spritual.

45 posted on 06/05/2003 12:32:19 PM PDT by Simcha7 (GOD Bless and Protect Our TROOPS!)
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To: Simcha7
Oy Vey..I can't spell today.

Should be: Spiritual.

46 posted on 06/05/2003 12:34:44 PM PDT by Simcha7 (GOD Bless and Protect Our TROOPS!)
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To: Colofornian
Do you agree with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer's decision to speak at the opening of Gay Days, becoming the city's first mayor to do so?
43.2%
Yes (1938 responses)

54.3%
No (2437 responses)

2.5%
Not sure (114 responses)

4489 total responses
Results are not scientific
47 posted on 06/05/2003 12:38:27 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (http://www.ourgangnet.net)
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To: Colofornian
>Obviously, the Internet, films, TV, and our culture in general has callously desensitized most of us so that it's tough to distress or torment whatever vestige of righteousness remains.

Live and let live? If folks are spiritually dead, then our motto could instead be, "Revive and let them live forever." Simply put, we tend not to value them as God does.<

I probably should have worded my statement differently. I do not condone public displays of foreplay, eroticism, etc., no matter what the participants' sexual persuasion. Especially do I not condone such in front of my or anyone else's children.

My apology. I am laizzez faire as long as people keep private, and do not subject others to their sexual displays.

48 posted on 06/05/2003 2:05:18 PM PDT by Darnright
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To: Colofornian
In a society where our cable and satellite companies are the world's biggest pornographic distributers the venom thrown at Disney is amusing.
49 posted on 06/05/2003 3:48:52 PM PDT by Destro (Know your enemy! Help fight Islamic terrorisim by visiting www.johnathangaltfilms.com)
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To: Colofornian
The apathetic Republicans are going to regret it that they didn't pull out all the stops to keep that phony from winning that election.

I did what I could. Here is what I sent out to everyone I know after I got back from the polls:

Subject: Re: ORLANDO! Stop Buddy Dyer - GO VOTE!!!
Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003 13:40:39 -0500

Hi all,

You have until 7 PM to get out there and vote for BARR!!!

Dyer has Bill Clinton and Alec Baldwin sending phone messages to DemocRATS and other easily swayed nit wits in Orlando to get out and vote for Dyer.

STOP THEM!!!

NOW!!!

Dyer didn't have the guts to come to the patriots rally for America last Saturday. Barr was there. So were over 2,000 patriotic Americans.

On the other hand, you can find the Anti-America Communists (Dyer supporters) on the corner of Colonial and Orange Avenue every weekend protesting President Bush. They were there last Saturday also.

GO VOTE BEFORE 7 PM!!!!! Stop Buddy Dyer from getting his hands on the reins of government in Orlando. He's pulling out all the stops (even getting it from the national DemocRAT party) to get power in this town.

What does THAT tell you?

GO STOP HIM, Clinton, Alec Baldwin, and the DemocRAT machine!!!!!!

HURRY!!!

50 posted on 06/05/2003 6:31:09 PM PDT by Matchett-PI (Marxist DemocRATS, Nader-Greens, and Religious Zealots = a clear and present danger to our Freedoms.)
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