BY Christopher Mangum
October 13 2009 2:00 PM ET
A Walt Disney Co. stockholder submitted a shareholder resolution
asking the organization to include the protection of ex-gays in its
sexual orientation nondiscrimination policy and diversity training
"It is about time Disney treated ex-gays with the respect they deserve," said Bobbie Strobhar, the stockholder who submitted the shareholder resolution, reports Rueters. "Former homosexuals are true models of courage who have been vilified by gay activists."
The organization Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX) has come out in support of the resolution.
"Disney's exclusion of ex-gays from its sexual orientation policy and programs reinforces the second-class status of ex-gays, and contributes to the negative perceptions and discrimination against former homosexuals," said Regina Griggs, executive director of PFOX, in a press release announcing the resolution.
"Former homosexuals who come out publicly are commonly targeted for ridicule and hate," added Griggs. "We need more of these resolutions nationwide to assure tolerance and safety in the workplace for the ex-gay community and their supporters."
The Walt Disney Co. has not yet acted upon the resolution.