Homophobic group flies aeroplane banner warning families about Disney’s Gay Day

Illustrated rainbow pride flag on a white background.

Today sees the end of the annual Gay Days event at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. But just in-case people didn’t notice thousands of LGBT customers, a homophobic group hired a aeroplane to fly a banner over the area warning families.

The Florida Family Association contracted the plane on Friday and Saturday to fly a banner that read: “Warning Gay Day At Disney.”

In a statement it said: “Thanks to the generosity of many supporters, Florida Family Association contracted this aircraft company to fly a seven foot high banner for ten hours the day before and ten hours the day of Gay Pride Day at Disney World.”

“Florida Family Association wants to warn these families about this offensive event before they arrive at the Magic Kingdom on Saturday. This airplane banner is our best effort to accomplish that goal.”

The offensive behaviour that the group referred to included pro-gay t-shirrs, same sex couples hugging, holding hands, “groping each other” and some punters “dressed in drag.”

The event is in its 20th year and brings in around $150m to Disney, rival theme parks, hotel owners, restaurants, bars, clubs and other local businesses.

“The economy is improving because of what Gay Days bring into it,” Gay Day President Chris Alexander-Manley told a local tv station WDAM. “Our crowd behaves better than most convention crowds, so come on out and see what it’s really about.”