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Parents have taken to social media to criticize Disney for catering to the demands of some of its employees and fans who want more LGBTQ representation in media
Disney expressed support for the demonstration in a Facebook post Tuesday morning
'We oppose any legislation that infringes on basic human rights, and stand in solidarity and support our LGBTQIA+ Cast, Crew, and Imagineers and fans who make their voices heard today and every day,' the company said.
The demonstration is the culmination of a series of smaller protests that have happened between 3pm and 3.15pm every day since March 15.
Organizers have branded Tuesday's event as a 'full walkout' that will take place between 8am and 6pm 'or whenever your shift begins/ends.' They say they expect participation from production, marketing, IT and other non-unionized jobs.
Romualdas Dulskis, a Teamsters official in Orlando whose local represents costumed characters who portray Mickey Mouse, Cinderella and Stich at Walt Disney World along with bus drivers and other Disney workers, said his union did not support the walkout.
'That's just not the way we are going to go about this,' he said.
Union leaders said contracts prohibits work stoppages or disruptions.
'I don't want to downplay anyone's efforts, if someone feels what they are doing is the right way to make an impact,; said Eric Clinton, president of Unite Here! Local 362, which represents custodians, housekeepers and other Disney World workers.
'We aren't part of that. It would violate our contract if members of our union participated, though we are concerned about the issue, of course.'