Walt Disney World Cuts Off Boy Scouts
By Neal Broverman
Orlando’s Walt Disney World has severed funding to the Boy Scouts’ Central Florida Council because of the BSA’s ban on gay leaders.
“According to [Walt Disney World], their views do not currently align with the BSA and they are choosing to discontinue this level of support," BSA member Robert Utsey wrote in an email to the Central Florida Council, according to ThinkProgress and reported on the Huffington Post.
Other influential companies like Merck and Lockheed Martin already cut off corporate contributions to the BSA because of their continued antigay ban. In a sign of progress, the BSA began allowing out Scouts on January 1, but many corporate givers remain uncomfortable donating to an organization banning adult gay participants.
Disney has long been an LGBT-supportive company, with a 100 percent score on the HRC Corporate Equality Index. The Disney resorts also happily welcome LGBT events like Gay Days, even as conservatives raise hell over such gatherings.
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