As part of the Walt Disney Company's continuing effort to kowtow to its left-wing employees, the company will reportedly "take action" against Texas for the state's order to investigate "sex-change" procedures for transgender children as a form of child abuse.
The Daily Wire's Megan Basham reports that Disney CEO Bob Chapek led a company-wide meeting on Monday in which he apologized again for the company's initial neutrality toward Florida's Parental Rights in Education Bill, which would ban teaching children in kindergarten through third grade about sexual orientation and gender identity.
Basham reports that Chapek thanked LGBT!+ employees for their feedback, admitted he made mistakes regarding the company's response to the Florida bill, and also said, "The pain this community experienced was not just about this one piece of legislation but about not being there anytime this community has been hurt.”
The meeting reportedly featured a panel with speakers from LGBTQ+ activist groups and an address from Nadine Smith, the executive director of Equality Florida. A Disney staffer who spoke to the Daily Wire reportedly said the panel discussion was "about wanting Disney to indoctrinate kids."
After the discussion, the company's chief human resources officer, Paul Richardson, announced Disney will "take action" against Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott's order to have the state's Department of Family and Protective Services investigate reports of gender-dysphoric children undergoing "sex change" procedures as child abuse.
“Because of our presence in Texas, we want you to know that we’ve signed on to the Human Rights Campaign’s letter opposing the Texas bill that criminalizes parents who provide for their transgender children gender affirming care,” Richardson said, according to the Daily Wire.
The "gender-affirming care" Richardson referred to that is considered child abuse under Abbott's order would be "sex-change procedures" including castration, surgery to remove male genitals, surgeries to remove the female reproductive system, plastic surgeries to construct artificial genitals, so-called "top surgery" to remove female breasts, or any procedure that removes a "healthy or non-diseased body part or tissue" from children when not medically necessary.
Providing cross-sex hormones to children including puberty blockers, unnatural doses of testosterone for females, and unnatural doses of estrogen for males also potentially constitutes child abuse under Abbott's order.
The Human Rights Campaign, an LGBTQ+ activist organization, purchased an ad in the Dallas Morning News earlier this month announcing that more than 60 major companies had signed on to its open letter opposing alleged "hateful attacks" against transgender people from Abbott and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.
The ad declares "discrimination is bad for business." It states, "the recent attempt to criminalize a parent for helping their transgender child access medically necessary, age-appropriate healthcare in the state of Texas goes against the values of our companies. It’s not just wrong, it has an impact on our employees, our customers, their families and our work.”
Companies that signed on to the letter include Apple, Capital One, Dropbox, Google, IBM, IKEA, Meta, Microsoft, and more.