The Rainbow Lounge - LGBT Chit Chat

What do we think about a Rainbow Lounge?

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bdempsey

Earning My Ears
Joined
Aug 18, 2020
Hi everyone! :wave2:

When Pete call we listen, right peeps? :cheer2::banana::cheer2:

So in another fun effort to boost this LGBT-section on the boards - I want to invite you all to the Rainbow Lounge! :rainbow:

:welcome::smickey::welcome:

There are a few "non Disney" topics here in this section already, but here's our own relaxed hang out to just chit-chat away with no Off Topic concerns, since we won't have a general topic. :chat:

No holding back on "partner", "hubby", "wifey", "snuggle boo"... or whatever we chose to call our dear ones! :love2:

Let's chit chat about everything from daily things to our big dreams. So just rant it all off here, or why not just stop by and say Hi! to bump this new fun thread to the top again (where it sure will belong). :woohoo:

Looking forward to chit chat with you all! - Let's get this party started! pixiedust:

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WinnieFurRV

Earning My Ears
Joined
Nov 4, 2020
Hi! Not sure if this is the right place.... but Are there any groups for LGBTQ campers at Fort Wilderness? We had a wonderful first trip with a month long stay - but the first few days were a little shaky because we felt really uncomfortable in our site due to the amount of political flags and some conversations in our area. It made us feel unwanted or unwelcome. No one said anything directly to us, but it was bad enough I worried we had maybe made a bad decision with RV life. When I looked up things I could only find more dating or singles meet up type groups. Wondering if there is a go-to place to chat or plan trips with others? Thanks!
 

Luxurious_Lumiere

Mouseketeer
Joined
Oct 6, 2017
@WinnieFurRV I'm not sure of one off the top of my head for FT Wilderness campers. But I experienced some of what you described. One woman at the bus stop leaned to her husband while gawking at my group of friends and "whispered" (read: spoke quite loudly but thought she wasnt) "Look, I think those are gays!" I laughed at the comment because at this point in my life, someone realizing queer people exist is funny to me, but a younger and more recently out friend was definitely uncomfortable and feared some sort of confrontation.

Disney is pretty good at handling stuff though. We stayed at a cabin, and as we left on our golf cart one morning another cart travelling the opposite way rode by with a giant confederate flag flowing behind them. We were horrified, especially because they drove past an internal bus stop where a black family with young children stood there mouths agape in disbelief. Once we got to the marina, we reported it to a cast member who apologized, said it was unacceptable, and called it in to his team to be on the lookout for the cart in question.

I still loved staying in my cabin though and would stay again. Then again, I'm also someone who would have no problem clapping back at someone who said something hateful or bigoted toward me and my loved ones. So feelings of discomfort are totally understandable. Maybe its time to start an LGBTQ campers trip! Perhaps an organized effort during Gay Days? Id be down!
 

ajjonesehc

Mouseketeer
Joined
Jun 10, 2017
@WinnieFurRV and @Luxurious_Lumiere I would highly support a LGBTQ+ camping thread. My husband and I are headed down in our RV for the week after Thanksgiving and we are super excited to be headed back to Disney. The Fort is one of the few places that Disney lets guests express themselves with campsite decorations (we are excited to decorate our camper for Christmas), and as such some people go a little overboard. This has been especially true this year in the run-up to the election. If you EVER feel uncomfortable by something on property, let a cast member know asap. I think an organized camping week or other event would be fun!

Also, don't shy away from the camping community. There are tons of LGBTQ+ campers out there and it's something we really love doing.
 

WinnieFurRV

Earning My Ears
Joined
Nov 4, 2020
Thank you both. We did see a few other couples over the course of the month, but did feel everyone was a little more shy. Could just be their personalities and that's cool too, but made me wonder if maybe they felt the same. Granted it was the month leading up to the election. I want everyone to enjoy their time and be able to express themselves (respectfully, of course.) But there is a lot to be said for pulling into a spot and feeling that homey welcoming that RVers and campers alike talk about. We go back for the month of January (the blessing of working from home now is not lost on me!!) and we would love to connect with other LGBTQ camping families. Maybe I will start a thread since yall think others might like it. Welcome to all of course, but specifically for LGBTQ Disney campers to connect and share plans!
Because it's more than just the camping trip, you know. We try to support businesses that also support openness, inclusion and equality - from our RV supplies to the golf cart we are looking to get. Love to hear suggestions and ideas from others. It would also be cool to have a camp sign or something to find each other.
 
  • tetera

    Earning My Ears
    Joined
    May 13, 2017
    Yikes! We stayed at a cabin at Fort Wilderness a few months ago and fortunately didn't see anything like that - it was actually the safest/most welcome that we have felt in any of our on-site stays so we have plans to go back again later this year.

    Maybe we just got lucky our first time but we enjoyed not seeing anything political there vs some of the KOAs and such we have stayed at/looked at visiting.
     

    matthewredrich

    Earning My Ears
    Joined
    Nov 6, 2016
    Hi! Not sure if this is the right place.... but Are there any groups for LGBTQ campers at Fort Wilderness? We had a wonderful first trip with a month long stay - but the first few days were a little shaky because we felt really uncomfortable in our site due to the amount of political flags and some conversations in our area. It made us feel unwanted or unwelcome. No one said anything directly to us, but it was bad enough I worried we had maybe made a bad decision with RV life. When I looked up things I could only find more dating or singles meet up type groups. Wondering if there is a go-to place to chat or plan trips with others? Thanks!
    I've seen some of that camping locally here in Southern California. We've not decided if we want to drive our trailer across the country yet since we're DVC members, heh.
     

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