The following was downloaded from the Usenet News group REC.ARTS.DISNEY.PARKS. Note that it is almost 15 years old so the information as far as address, etc., may not be current. There were a lot of favorable comments to my response, which is at the bottom. From: <firstname.lastname@example.org> To Whom It May Concern, I have been paying close attention to Disney's support for "gays". This is something that I cannot support. I would like to have a letter from Disney explaining your position, so that I do not have my facts wrong. I am a father of a AAU competitor in the sport of Karate. I work as a coach and we bring a team from Alaska to AAU national events. My Daughter just returned from New Orleans La where she and I saw that AAU and Disney are partners. I would hate to see an entire boycott of AAU against Disney, But your public support for gays is just something me and my family cannot be surrounded by. Thank you for your attention in this matter. Edward A. Burke 8921 Boulder Bay Cir. Anchorage, Alaska 99501 907-522-8921 907-277-7424 Below is my response: From: Mike Tuchman To: 104625.747@Compuserve.Com Msg #1547, 18 Aug 96 07:15:00 Subject: Gay protest Sir (and I use the term loosely): The Walt Disney Company (and consolidated subsidiaries) supports gays in the same way it supports, whites, blacks, Asians, arabs, native Americans, Christians, Jews, Moslems, Hindu, Shinto, handicapped, and any other group you can think of. In other words, it follows all non-discrimination laws and all non-discriminatory morals. They even allow bigots; this means you! By the way, neither I, nor my wife Judy, are gay. However, we have friends, co-workers and even relatives who are gay. One of my closest friends, who I have known for 35 years, recently had a sex change operation. (This concept must really scare the pants off you.) Since you are active in the AAU, why don't you ask the association's headquarters if there are any rules or restriction concerning membership of gays in the organization. Also, why don't you ask them if there are any statistics or estimates as to gays in the membership. Once you do that, as such a homophobe you should resign from the AAU as it does accept gays. If you have not seen Hunchback, why don't you go to a very good movie which teaches a moral called tolerance, which you seem to not have. Even better, why don't you pack up your computer, move about 1,000 miles north, and stay in a place where nothing (except maybe a hungry polar bear) can bother you. You have raised a good question which tells the world about you. I think you will get responses from a lot of people about your bigotry; it may be curable. --- Maximus/2 2.02 * Origin: Air 'n Sun 703-765-0822 Give a damn, don't spam! (1:109/120) *** This is a reply to #1500.