Disney is making its parks even more gender-specific
If you have a kid in the LGBTQ+ community, it might be time to pack your bags and head to Disney World, they feel welcome!
Gender inclusion has become a major issue in our modern world. In fact, TV shows and movies try to offer more diverse casts. These efforts can help children who may not fit into the tiny boxes of social gender norms to feel seen and validated, and seeing themselves represented can be an important boost to children’s self-esteem.
Now, one of the world’s most magical places for kids, Walt Disney World, is trying to be even more inclusive for LGBTQ+ kids and their families so their favorite fans can call Disney parks home.
According to the Disney Fanatic website, Disney is “taking gender inclusion to a whole new level” this year. The company is redoing all recordings that play at its twelve parks around the world so that they no longer include gender-specific pronouns. Additionally, nearly all Disney cast members have received training in gender-neutral interactions to prevent guests from feeling unwelcome.
This latest dive to make “the most magical place on earth” more inclusive follows last year’s decision to remove the phrases “ladies and gentlemen” and “boys and girls” from all park greetings. The park has also changed staff dress codes to make their workplace more inclusive.
In the words of Josh D’Amaro, President of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, “Inclusion is fundamental to our culture and drives us forward as we continue to fulfill our rich heritage of engaging storytelling, exceptional service and Disney magic.”
While some critics say it’s just Disney’s way of avoiding the negative press they received for not opposing Florida’s recent “Don’t Say Gay” bill, many are calling it a necessary and welcome change to Disney parks. Since nearly 10% of all Americans identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community, many families who visit Disney parks each year contain at least one LGBTQ+ family member. While these seemingly small changes may not seem significant to those with cisgender children, parents around the world with a non-binary or transgender child can certainly appreciate the work.
In addition to these latest changes, Disney supports “Gay Days” where LGBTQ+ fans flock to the park. They also offer options for unisex bathrooms and allow children to dress however they like while in the park, which also helps children feel accepted and seen.
So if you have a kid in the LGBTQ+ community, it might be time to pack your bags and head to Disney World – they do everything they can to help your family feel welcome during their next vacation.
Sources: Disney Fanatic, Yahoo, Disney Parks Blog
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