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Old 01-08-2006, 05:42 PM   #16
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This past trip when we checked in on the concierge floor I had booked a king and the concierge looked at us and asked us if we knew we had booked a king bed? I told her yes and she looked right at my partner and said.."But you're 2 guys" and she had a strange look on her face. I spoke up right away and told her that if she was having a problem with my reservation, I'd be more then happy to have the manager check us in so she wouldn't have to worry about it anymore. She had a look on her face that I will never forget, like a deer trapped in headlights. After that she did everything she could to help us and we never had another problem that trip but those kind of problems hardly ever happen to us.

Every now and then we all have had someone giving us a look or saying something we can over hear and I let it slide "most" of the time but it is rare for it to happen to us at Disney.
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Old 01-08-2006, 06:13 PM   #17
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We have never had a problem!

My partner and I have been to WDW many times over the last 7 years and have never felt that our sexual orientation ever played into how we were treated. And as our friends always tell us...we don't need to wear t-shirts for people to know we are "out and proud"...we look like a lesbian couple.
When we stayed at the AKL for our honeymoon in 2001 we were treated like any other newlyweds would have been. Our trips are always memorable and we do hold hands and act like we are a couple!
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Old 01-09-2006, 09:20 AM   #18
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Several years ago JudySue (my late wife) and I made it a point to travel to WDW to be at MK on Gay DAy.

As we were coming off the monorail we were greeted by a couple of apparent Disney managers. One of the two we happened to know was definitely plainclothes security. We asked him what they were doing and were told that they had heard that there might be religious protesters coming and they were there to make sure that protesters would not make any trouble.

We had an enjoyable day in the park. JudySue commented to me that the grossest PDAs she had ever seen in the parks were on other days and by heterosexual couples and not gays.

I recall our meeting a nice young (maybe 30's) couple where both had red sequined high-top sneakers and sailor hats. We both complimented them on these items and found that they had done these themselves, with over 600 sequins on each shoe and hat. As we were discussing this with them there was a woman, about our age, who had the attitude that "these people" should not be allowed in the parks and so we, an obvious heterosexual couple, asked her what was wrong with people loving one another and she stormed off.

There will always, unfortunately, be some people who think that their way is the only rtight way to do things.
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Old 01-09-2006, 11:42 AM   #19
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I have never had a problem at WDW. I think its one of the few places where I feel comfortable being w/my g/f.

I love the fact that there are many gay CMs . If they arent gay they should at least be "gay friendly"
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Old 01-12-2006, 07:26 PM   #20
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Congrats on your new board!! Just happened to stumble upon it tonight while browsing the DIS. Unfortunately, my DH and I did see a horrendous episode at Boma a few years ago. We were having a great dinner when we heard an obnoxious voice chastising a gay couple having dinner. Apparently the obnoxious man was having dinner with his six year old son when he noticed the couple. He immediately started yelling at this couple, saying things like how dare they be openly affectionate (I think one man let the other taste something off of his fork, not sure, my husband thinks that is what set this guy off), and he also was yelling how now he would have to explain to his six year old why two guys are together, etc., etc. I was so embarrassed that this guy was making a horse's behind of himself, and felt so bad for the couple. The idiot left rather quickly after that, don't know if he was escorted out because I wasn't looking, didn't want to make the couple any more uncomfortable by having them think people were gawking. I guess there are *******es everywhere, including Disney.
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Old 01-12-2006, 07:52 PM   #21
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Congrats on your new board!! Just happened to stumble upon it tonight while browsing the DIS. Unfortunately, my DH and I did see a horrendous episode at Boma a few years ago. We were having a great dinner when we heard an obnoxious voice chastising a gay couple having dinner. Apparently the obnoxious man was having dinner with his six year old son when he noticed the couple. He immediately started yelling at this couple, saying things like how dare they be openly affectionate (I think one man let the other taste something off of his fork, not sure, my husband thinks that is what set this guy off), and he also was yelling how now he would have to explain to his six year old why two guys are together, etc., etc. I was so embarrassed that this guy was making a horse's behind of himself, and felt so bad for the couple. The idiot left rather quickly after that, don't know if he was escorted out because I wasn't looking, didn't want to make the couple any more uncomfortable by having them think people were gawking. I guess there are *******es everywhere, including Disney.
Always ironic that two men displaying affection is not ok, whereas it's ok for 2 men to beat the crap out of each other or kill each other. But then again, violence is always so much better a role model ...
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Old 01-12-2006, 08:15 PM   #22
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I love the fact that there are many gay CMs . If they arent gay they should at least be "gay friendly"
I can attest, most of them are very gay friendly!
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Old 01-12-2006, 08:26 PM   #23
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Hello TeresaNJ,

Now I am freaking out, what if someone like that yell at us when we go on our honeymoon next month? and I was thinking about requesting a King size bed at check-in. Maybe I shouldn't?
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Old 01-12-2006, 08:38 PM   #24
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Now I am freaking out, what if someone like that yell at us when we go on our honeymoon next month? and I was thinking about requesting a King size bed at check-in. Maybe I shouldn't?
I don't see the relation, the jerk in the post was a restaurant patron not a cast member. Requesting a king size bed would entail dealing with a Cast Member and the posts on here have pretty much uniformly praised the CMs for being open and accepting.
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Old 01-12-2006, 09:40 PM   #25
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Request a king size bed, bottle of champagne, and the full honeymoon treatment! Your at Disney, Dreams really do come true!
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Old 01-12-2006, 10:22 PM   #26
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TLPL, I say go for it. Who cares what people think? If anyone should be embarrassed, it is the jerk who made the scene at Boma, and I think most people feel that way. Life is too short to care about what others think. Although I don't know what it feels like to be discriminated against, I do get comments and looks at times when people find out I am 15 years older than my husband. Do I care? No!! After my father died suddenly at age 64 without ever having the chance to retire and have some fun, my whole outlook on life changed. I left my ex-husband after 20 years of marriage, should have done it much sooner but was too concerned about how it would affect everyone else's life, and I'm glad I finally had the courage to do it. I had that "Italian guilt thing" put on me by my mother, and finally said no more!! She thought I should stay with him and go on living my life while the ex lived his, and continue to put on a happy face to the whole world. Uh uh, enough was enough. Please go on your honeymoon, have fun, make happy memories, ask for the king size bed, and most important of all, do what makes you happy.
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Old 01-12-2006, 11:29 PM   #27
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oh I am a big chicken. Every time me and my partner go travel and stay in a hotel, I would have one of us stay in the car while the other one check in, so they don't see us together. And we are not into PDA at all, even my sister asked me why me and my partner alway walk so far apart whenever we go out. The only time I feel comfortable holding hands are when we are alone or when we are in a gay-function like years ago they have private gay nights at Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm. Don't you think it is easier for gals couples to show PDA than guys?
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oh I am a big chicken. Every time me and my partner go travel and stay in a hotel, I would have one of us stay in the car while the other one check in, so they don't see us together. And we are not into PDA at all, even my sister asked me why me and my partner alway walk so far apart whenever we go out. The only time I feel comfortable holding hands are when we are alone or when we are in a gay-function like years ago they have private gay nights at Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm. Don't you think it is easier for gals couples to show PDA than guys?
I think that you're right, in our society it is easier for two women to show affection than two men (it's more acceptable to two men to beat each other up than kiss each other). Though it may be slowly changing. Probably largely due to affection being show between same sex couples in movies and on TV.

Go ahead and enjoy your honeymoon. Demand everything that you have coming to you and everything that an opposite-sexed couple would expect without thinking even thinking about it.

Enjoy your honeymoon.
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Old 01-13-2006, 08:42 AM   #29
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oh I am a big chicken. Every time me and my partner go travel and stay in a hotel, I would have one of us stay in the car while the other one check in, so they don't see us together.
I have checked into many hotels throughout the USA and Europe with a same sex mate and I have NEVER had a problem. Keep in mind that the hospitality industry has a large gay employee base and that many large entertainment and travel companies deliver diversity training to their staff. Many travel companies also actively pursue a gay/lesbian clientele.

Now if I were checking into a hotel in rural Mississippi I might be a bit more cautious. But I would be astonished if you encountered any problems in a large city or major resort area.
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Old 01-13-2006, 08:50 AM   #30
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oh I am a big chicken. Every time me and my partner go travel and stay in a hotel, I would have one of us stay in the car while the other one check in, so they don't see us together. And we are not into PDA at all, even my sister asked me why me and my partner alway walk so far apart whenever we go out. The only time I feel comfortable holding hands are when we are alone or when we are in a gay-function like years ago they have private gay nights at Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm. Don't you think it is easier for gals couples to show PDA than guys?
Wow, I can relate. Joe and I were of the same mindset but that was quite a few years ago, in the early 90's. Now, we don't care what others think. Granted, neither of us are overly publically affectionate in any case, but as for checking into a hotel together, or walking with each other, heck sharing our meals in restaurants, fuhgeddaboutit. If anyone has a problem with our being a couple, that's THEIR problem not ours. NOR IS IT YOURS. NOR SHOULD IT EVER BE YOUR CONCERN. Don't let people do this to you kiddo.

Check in together, ask for a king sized bed, and be proud of yourselves. If I were to happen to be standing next to you guys when you did that, I'd be darned proud of you too!

Edited to add: The scenario you described and the concern you have is proof positive as to why having this Gay/Lesbian Board is of value. It's not only a cathartic means to express one's concerns, but it's a great way to find out that you're not the only one out there.

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