Share Your Cute LGBT Memories in the Parks!

Discussion in 'Gay and Lesbian at Disney' started by PlutosRHM55, Jun 4, 2017.

  1. PlutosRHM55

    PlutosRHM55 Pluto's Prince (Haters back off!)

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    I noticed this board is primarily used for asking questions about certain LGBT experiences in the parks. I thought I'd start a thread about talking about our favorite experiences being noticed as being a member of the community and being reminded you are safe and loved. That's probably one of, if not THE most magical thing going on in the most magical place on Earth. So let's hear some of the most magical instances in which you felt so supported and accepted at the Disney parks for living your truth.

    I'll start, if none of the above or this thread title really makes sense...

    I was on the Disney College Program this past Fall and got to spend quite a bit of time in the parks. I own a multitude of shirts that are pretty much literal versions of "wearing my sexuality on my sleeve", which I kinda do anyways. I'd also worn make-up on many occasions to the parks. Most of the time, it wasn't a big deal and nobody cared, which was fine with me. One day however I was on my way through bag check at Hollywood Studios. There wasn't really anyone coming into the park at this point. I wore my "#OrlandoStrong" tee and this was not many months after the incident at Pulse. My nails were also painted on this day. As I walked up, I noticed one of the security guards was taking an unusual interest in me. After I got my bag checked per usual (at a different security guard), I was ready to head straight into the park when the security guard stopped me, which caught me off-guard. I'm a person who's just perpetually guilty and thinks I'm always doing something wrong so I was afraid I was going to have to go through a second check or something (again, this was post-Pulse Disney). Instead she stopped me to tell me (this is not exact verbatim), "I just want to let you know, you are so brave for wearing your colors. I also love your toenails. I wish I could do my nails as nice as that." It left me a little misty-eyed. I'm used to the usual compliment, which is usually all I like to hear. Me wearing a Pride shirt or having sparkly nails is just a form of self-expression for me. I don't think of myself as brave for being as out, loud and proud as I am. It made me feel really good and blessed to know there are people out there who are so accepting and supportive. It was just a really sweet moment that I think about often.


    Now, let's hear yours!

    P.S. Here's me with Chewie in the park a little bit later (I posted this pic with my little story on Instagram so I thought it only fitting to post it here too.)

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  2. TheGreg1982

    TheGreg1982 Mouseketeer

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    That is such a nice story :) I do t have one specifically myself but I love the idea of this thread.
     
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  4. wnwardii

    wnwardii Mouseketeer

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    This past Saturday, during Gay Days at the Magic Kingdom, I was in line at Be Our Guest for lunch. A early twenty-something girl and I started talking since she saw a pin I had on my bag that says "#IllGoWithYou" on flag with the Transgender colors. She identifies as Pan and she has a close friend who she helped with some transition surgery before his family started coming around and supporting him. Then we just talked about theme parks. At first the conversation was awkward since I had to explain the pin and why it was created in response to HB2 in North Carolina. But then the conversation took a positive flow.
     
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  5. PlutosRHM55

    PlutosRHM55 Pluto's Prince (Haters back off!)

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    This isn't my own story, but someone posted this on a Facebook group a few years back, around when Marriage Equality passed and I've had it saved for when I need something to put a smile on my face. I can't not share.

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  6. TheGreg1982

    TheGreg1982 Mouseketeer

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    Wow that is the sweetest thing I've heard in a while :)
     
  7. sngglyduckling

    sngglyduckling Aspiring AP

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    Sadly, I don't have any stories, but all of the ones shared were so sweet to read :) Hoping to have some stories in the future.
     
  8. tarak

    tarak DIS Veteran

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    This isn't my story, but my BIL's. he and his family live in Orlando and have always had APs. Their daughter was about five when they happened to be at MK for Gay Days. My niece noticed all the red shirts and asked why everyone was wearing them. My BIL said something along the lines of, "Because they believe everyone should be allowed to love whomever they want." My niece thought about it, then said, "well, why aren't we wearing red shirts?" My BIL said there was not a dry eye in the line queue.
     
  9. LovesTimone

    LovesTimone DIS Veteran

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    While I am straight, and married to my best friend... the love of my life.. I have a story of something my DH and I did for a couple at Epcot during food and wine several years ago... I was in the bathroom and I noticed this young woman who seemed really out of sorts, and I asked her are you alright, and she said no, the photographers isn't going to show up, at this point she was almost in tears... I said can I help you... she was like no, and very hesitant, I said no really can I help you... She said I want to ask my girlfriend to marry me, and now we won't have any pictures... I said my husband and I will do it for you. She was so stunned that I offered, she was like really, are you sure... Yes we would be honored...Then she ask why would you do this... I just said why would we not? So she told me that they were getting a drink in France and could we be over near the fountain in about 30 minutes. I was so sneaky I told DH and we got in line behind them taking some shots of them ordering drinks, and hold hands walking toward the fountain, Then they sorta walked over to the area just pass the fountain and we just pretended to stroll around the other side, Then she got down on one knee and asked.... DH did the video and I took pictures... Yes was her answer... everyone standing around started clapping, and congratulating them. They both cried when the one was telling her what we did...hugs all around, we sent everything to their email, and we were on our way... It took about a hour to help them have memories of their special moment, and the beginning of there new life together.... We believe everyone should be able to find love and happiness...

    Peace, Love and Pixie dust...
     
  10. marcyleecorgan

    marcyleecorgan DIS Veteran

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    Just a small moment.... :)

    When the CM running the line at BMTRR was absolutely charmed by my DD thanking him for wishing her Happy Birthday. Then he started gushing about how DD's enthusiasm reminded him very much of his husband's son and how much they love taking him to the MK. :) We smiled and told him that it sounded like he had a beautiful family as we went through the queue.
     
  11. Markical

    Markical Magical Mark

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    It isn't much, but I had my first holiday romance at Disney. It was during those awkward teenage years, we were staying off site and ended up getting to know a similar family as we always seemed to get the same bus to the parks. Myself and holiday bf hung out on pool days and convinced our parents to let us go to the park together, alone. We did the cute teenager thing of sneakily holding hands on the bus. We enjoyed heading to all the rides and hanging out together.
     
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  12. LadyD

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    We've had several experiences at parks on both coasts from CMs and guests alike! One of my favorites happened this past fall on our honeymoon. We had buttons made that said "My Prince Charming is a princess" and we wore them throughout our trip. At one photopass opportunity in Epcot, the CM noticed our buttons and got SUPER excited. She was absolutely ecstatic for us and insisted on us taking all kinds of couple-y pictures and ones to show off our buttons. This CM was just so supportive and treated us like any other recently married couple honeymooning at WDW.

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  13. Jason_V

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    I did a solo day at DCA in early July. I had done almost every ride by noon (yeah, I'm that guy) and spent the afternoon getting pics with characters and doing things I wouldn't normally do. On this particularly grossly hot day, I had on a white cutoff shirt with PRIDE on the front. Nothing scandalous, but I was a bit...apprehensive before getting into the park.

    I saw a line forming out by Mike and Sully and it was for a Frozen something. My brain said pass it up, but my heart told me to just get in line. So I got in line.

    Good thing I did...I got pics with Olaf, Kristoff, Elsa and Anna and managed to cool off for a bit. But the best part was Kristoff. He made a few comments about my shirt and, maybe it was my imagination, but tended to linger in the hello and goodbye hug. (Yeah, I'm also that guy.)

    Anyway, here's Olaf, Kristoff and me...followed by a very special pic. Our first Disney trip, first attraction together in 2015.

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