The Parents and Friends of “Ex-Gays” (PFOX) have lost their attempt to be included under Disney’s employee protections rules. Via the American Family Association:
The Walt Disney Company has declined a motion to add former homosexuals to its sexual orientation and non-discrimination policy and diversity training, a measure that would have meant protections for those who have left that lifestyle. Greg Quinlan, director of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX), presented the resolution at the recent annual shareholders meeting in San Antonio. But he explains that Disney board chairman John E. Pepper “responded in saying that the current policies were very inclusive and were very broad and that they could not lift every possible nuance to come.”
But, since the days of Michael Eisner as CEO, several so-called “nuances” have been added “where they included transsexuals, transvestites, as well as gay, lesbian and bisexual,” Quinlan adds. “Transexual, transvestite is…still considered a mental health disorder,” he notes. That is also in accordance with the diagnostic manual used by most mental health professionals. But those who have left the homosexual lifestyle are, in effect, placed in a closet, says Quinlan. “Well, they don’t want to recognize anyone’s right of self-determination — and that was the point,” the PFOX director notes.
Quinlan vows to try again at the next shareholders meeting.