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paige1014
04-14-2008, 02:25 PM
I know WDW promoted Gay pride week sometime in June - can anyone tell me when it is this year? I've looked on the gay & lesbian board but couldn't make any sense of it and I really didn't want to dig to deep on that board! Trying to find out so I know how to prepare my family if it is the same week.

Bob P
04-14-2008, 02:29 PM
Here you go:

http://www.gaydays.com/calendar/index.html

A plea to anyone thinking of posting here...the OP's question has now been answered. Let's not turn this into another free-for-all. Maybe this thread can now die a natural death.

Thanks

paige1014
04-14-2008, 02:42 PM
I am not gay-bashing but we have young children that will be with us that week on our family vacation. My question is how bad is it that week - are they doing things in public that me & my DH would not do in public? I've heard stories about the these events in places like Atlanta. For the record we have family members that are gay & lesbian - they just aren't affectionate with their partners in front of us with or without small children around.

~Kristina~
04-14-2008, 02:54 PM
I am not gay-bashing but we have young children that will be with us that week on our family vacation. My question is how bad is it that week - are they doing things in public that me & my DH would not do in public? I've heard stories about the these events in places like Atlanta. For the record we have family members that are gay & lesbian - they just aren't affectionate with their partners in front of us with or without small children around.


I don't think it would be like a Pride March, esp being in Disney. I would take my kids that week. I wouldn't take them to the Toronto march though. I've heard it's much different than the Chicago one.

DVCLiz
04-14-2008, 02:59 PM
I know WDW promoted Gay pride week sometime in June - can anyone tell me when it is this year? I've looked on the gay & lesbian board but couldn't make any sense of it and I really didn't want to dig to deep on that board! Trying to find out so I know how to prepare my family if it is the same week.

For the record, Gay Days is not a WDW sanctioned event, so they are not "promoting" it. Individual gay and lesbian Disney fans choose to visit the parks during that week - as they do every other week of the year - but it is not a WDW "event."

_queenie_
04-14-2008, 04:15 PM
There was a similar thread started a few months ago that turned pretty ugly as the PP was saying. I pasted it below not at all to bring it back into discussion, just so you (OP) could find some answers.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1697225

dbenlee
04-14-2008, 05:24 PM
Don't worry about taking your family during that time. You see less PDA's there than you would at your local mall. We have been during that time over the last few years and don't even notice any difference unless we happen to notice someones t-shirt mentioning the event. The only recommendation I would have is to avoid MK on Saturday at all cost. Starting at that time of the year, Saturdays are very busy because school is out. Go, have fun and drink plenty of water, its HOT!

chrisw127
04-14-2008, 06:34 PM
We were down there once during Gay Days and had a wonderful time. Now that I have kids, I wouldn't worry about taking them at all. I see it as a wonderful opportunity to teach your kids that people come in all types. And kids are more sophisticated than we adults sometimes give them credit for. When my five-year old asked, I told him most ladies marry men and most men marry ladies, but some men prefer to marry men and some ladies prefer to marry ladies and that it's unconstitutional to deny them that right.:goodvibes

Okay, I probably didn't need to add that last part.

Anyway, as the previous poster said, I didn't see anything you wouldn't see anywhere else. Now the humidity, that was another thing altogether.

Good luck. Have a lovely vacation.

mom2girlsn1boy
04-14-2008, 08:20 PM
So Dh and I went on a trip during Gay days, and now that I have kids I would not have any problem taking them there while it was going on. I didn't see anything inappropriate.

Crisgw
04-14-2008, 08:31 PM
I wouldn't even think twice about taking my boys during this time, nor would my DH. I think it's fanatstic :) Have a blast!!

2Kds2K9
04-14-2008, 09:19 PM
We've been during Gay Days and had no problem at all. The only issue I had was some of the "off color" T-Shirts. But, then again, you see those at anytime on anyone at anyplace.

Go have fun. The only problem you will encounter will be the heat.

Enjoy!

eeyoregon
04-14-2008, 11:14 PM
IMHO: I would choose "gay days" over cheerleader days ANY DAY!!!!

Just keep in mind that Disney DOES NOT promote "gay days"...they can not stop a particular group of folks from visiting the parks at the same time. They do a great job of making sure things are kept appropriate per Disney guidelines i.e. no vulgar or inappropriate t-shirts, etc., as they would do with anyone visiting the parks.

bubba
04-15-2008, 08:29 AM
I'd rather visit during Gay Days than POP Warner ! No doubt about it !!

Bethy Lou
04-15-2008, 08:35 AM
Gay days over cheerleading days anytime! You see way more PDA with the teens and the gay days men just crack me up with their parasols and Sunday best hats! It is all in good fun for them and I have not seen too much that offended me. Now the teenage cheerleaders on the other hand....

bookbabe_disneynut
04-15-2008, 08:40 AM
And the attendees at Gay Days are MUCH better behaved than many of the attendees at Pop Warner...I've never seen any reports about security having to be called on the Gay Days folks, which is not the case for some of the teen set unfortunately...

~Kristina~
04-15-2008, 08:43 AM
We were down there once during Gay Days and had a wonderful time. Now that I have kids, I wouldn't worry about taking them at all. I see it as a wonderful opportunity to teach your kids that people come in all types. And kids are more sophisticated than we adults sometimes give them credit for. When my five-year old asked, I told him most ladies marry men and most men marry ladies, but some men prefer to marry men and some ladies prefer to marry ladies and that it's unconstitutional to deny them that right.:goodvibes

Okay, I probably didn't need to add that last part.

Anyway, as the previous poster said, I didn't see anything you wouldn't see anywhere else. Now the humidity, that was another thing altogether.

Good luck. Have a lovely vacation.

I'm glad you added that part. My brother is gay and I haven't had to explain it to the kids yet and wasn't sure how I was going to. So that helped me out!

JeremyGNJ
04-15-2008, 09:29 AM
I dont know how different Gay days are from Cheerleader days. I'm going during cheerleader days in a couple weeks.

But, I think the best possible option would be during Gay Cheerleader days! (ok nevermind, just a thought)

Bethy Lou
04-15-2008, 10:45 AM
There is a HUGE difference between gay days and cheerleaders being there. The only thing they have in common is that they are big groups.

Crisgw
04-15-2008, 10:55 AM
There is a HUGE difference between gay days and cheerleaders being there. The only thing they have in common is that they are big groups.

I beg to differ, they are both groups of people.

eeyoregon
04-15-2008, 10:55 AM
There is a HUGE difference between gay days and cheerleaders being there. The only thing they have in common is that they are big groups.

You are exaclty right! You are MUCH more likely to see inappropriate, raunchy behavior from the cheerleaders!! I wish the mother's of some of those cheerleaderes could have seen how their girls were behaving! I saw more groping, kissing and fondling by the cheerleaders than I have seen on late night cable :lmao:

Bethy Lou
04-15-2008, 11:25 AM
I saw a girl in a short cheerleader skirt sitting on a guys lap with a blanket. I am sure you can imagine what is left out.

eeyoregon
04-15-2008, 11:30 AM
I saw a girl in a short cheerleader skirt sitting on a guys lap with a blanket. I am sure you can imagine what is left out.

I know!! I am 37, was once a cheerleader, ain't no prude but some of the stuff I witnessed with the 16-18 year old cheerleaders made me blush!!

One time in particular, we were in line for the monorail standing behind a group of them. My son, 10 at the time, says, "look mom, his hands are stuck in her skirt"...oh my gawd!! What do you say to that??? I wonder how many of them go home with a Disney "souvenir"???? :confused3

Bethy Lou
04-15-2008, 11:37 AM
I wonder how many of them go home with a Disney "souvenir"???? :confused3


HAHAHA! That made me spit out my drink! My husband and I came home with a Disney souvenir, but we were married!

JeremyGNJ
04-15-2008, 11:48 AM
I wonder how many of them go home with a Disney "souvenir"???? :confused3
I guess this brings out one big difference between cheerleader days and gay days.

....I dont think there's many souvenirs from gay days. :)

Gillian
04-15-2008, 12:41 PM
Wow, this has taken a different turn than most Gay days threads. :lmao:

gabriellyn
04-15-2008, 01:39 PM
I wonder how many of them go home with a Disney "souvenir"???? :confused3

Well, there are the cute little chubby smiley souvenirs and there are the the other um, not so fun souvenirs, more like hitchhikers. And some of them you definitely DON'T want to put in a picture frame and hang it above your desk. :eek:

JeremyGNJ
04-15-2008, 01:58 PM
Well, there are the cute little chubby smiley souvenirs and there are the the other um, not so fun souvenirs, more like hitchhikers. And some of them you definitely DON'T want to put in a picture frame and hang it above your desk. :eek:

the gift that keeps on givin' :rotfl:

HelenePA
04-15-2008, 03:39 PM
I was at gay's days last year I had a wonderful time. Just stay away from MK on their meet day there. Not because of anything bad but its just VERY VERY crowded!! The answer we came up for our kids if they asked which they never did was "because they love each other". I'm kinda sad I'm gonna miss it this year I really did have a good time! Met alot of nice couples!

Bethy Lou
04-15-2008, 04:33 PM
I really wanted to go this year too because we loved it so much but I will be 8 months pregnant and my DH does not want to risk it. I reluctantly agreed, lol!

Beth E. (NJ)
04-15-2008, 07:53 PM
Glad to see this thread hasn't gotten rude. But keep in mind that it has to stay kid friendly on the thread too! :rotfl:

DevilDuckie
04-16-2008, 06:09 PM
I am not gay-bashing but we have young children that will be with us that week on our family vacation. My question is how bad is it that week - are they doing things in public that me & my DH would not do in public? I've heard stories about the these events in places like Atlanta. For the record we have family members that are gay & lesbian - they just aren't affectionate with their partners in front of us with or without small children around.


We have never seen a gay couple being vulgar at Disney and we honeymooned at Disneyland during Gay Days. We have seen a few unfortunate and crass incidents at Disney but they have all been hetero couples.

DevilDuckie
04-16-2008, 06:11 PM
I dont know how different Gay days are from Cheerleader days. I'm going during cheerleader days in a couple weeks.

But, I think the best possible option would be during Gay Cheerleader days! (ok nevermind, just a thought)

The gay people are better behaved. :lovestruc

paige1014
04-16-2008, 09:02 PM
Thanks all of your views and experiences. My DD10 is quite naive so I was worried on how to handle that and we are somewhat conservative family. Like I said we have gay family & friends but we have never had to explain anything to her.

I agree with everyone of you about rather being at WDW during Gay Days than cheerleading days - ugh! What a headache that would be - I know how obnoxious the large groups of cheerleaders can be when they are in town for competitions here at home much less on a vacation trip.