Walt Disney World on a single day each year. The first documented event, in 1991, had 3,000 gays and lesbians from central Florida going to area theme parks on one day wearing red shirts to make their presence more visible. By 1995, the event had grown to 10,000 gays and lesbians traveling for the gay day at Disney. The popularity of the event is seen by some attendees as a way of “reclaiming” normal joys of childhood lost to homophobia in their earlier years.
Growth in attendance also reflects the growing number of LGBT families with children as well as increasing number of LGBT marriages, since Disney World is also a top honeymoon destination. Gay Days have attracted criticism from both religious groups and LGBT individuals. Christian groups accuse Disney of not doing anything to stop the event. Drug use and overt sexuality have caused some lesbian and gay people to oppose the event. How Gay Days Made a Home at Disney World”. 1′ Banner Flown over Central Florida”.
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