Alex Blaze

What does a closeted ex-gay look like? How about an ex-gay princess?

Filed By Alex Blaze | October 15, 2009 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Media
Tags: Disney, ex-gay, lesbian, LGBT, princess, princesses

Ex-gays want to be protected by Disney:

Concerned Disney stockholders have submitted a shareholder resolution asking the Walt Disney Company to include the prohibition of discrimination based on ex-gay status in its sexual orientation policy and diversity training programs. "The resolution cites the need for diversity and equality in the workplace," said Regina Griggs, executive director of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX).

The supporting statement for the resolution explains that, "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."

According to the official Disney Princess website, there's a Middle Eastern Princess, an Asian princess, a half-fish princess... but where's the ex-gay princess? I see the need to fight anti-ex-gay discrimination.

The resolution also cites a recent judicial decision issued for the Nation's Capital by the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. In that case, brought by PFOX, the Court ruled that former homosexuals are a protected class that must be recognized under sexual orientation non-discrimination laws. The Court held that, under the D.C. Human Rights Act, sexual orientation does not require immutable characteristics.

"We agree with the Disney resolution that former homosexuals remain closeted because of other's negative reactions or disapproval," said Griggs. "As the resolution states, ex-gay employees are uncomfortable being open about their sexual orientation with their colleagues because they fear discrimination or unfair treatment in the workplace."

They're uncomfortable being open with their... straightness? I've never met anyone who was in the straight closet at work.

So what would an ex-gay princess be like? Would the story be about a lesbian princess who refuses to marry any of the suitors her parents choose for her until she meets the right prince who turns her straight? Or would it be about a drag princess who prays to be free from the lifestyle and eventually falls in love with the story's real princess?

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In a bit of unusually direct push-back for ex-gays, Randy Thomas at Exodus International has offered opposition:

Christians on a Post-gay journey aren’t terminally unique for time and eternity. Adopting a victim mindset of being perpetually “other,” makes it tough to move beyond the labels of homosexuality at all. We are Christians … period. Our issues aren’t issue of “ex-gayness” in corporate policy. ... I don’t think affirming our post-gay journey is even Disney’s responsibility to be honest.

"Christians on a Post-gay journey" is Randy's new euphemism for "ex-gay".

Exodus International has never, from what I can recall, endorsed the PFOX campaign for ex-gays to be recognized in non-discrimination policies. But, I also don't recall them pushing back against it, either.

What sort of song would she sing? Who would be her woodland friends? This would be one sad, depressing movie.