The red shirts stuck around, but GayDays began to grow and grow, becoming a regular, unmissable event at the theme park. Back Register Log In. Organizers say it's only going to keep getting bigger. It is held on the first Saturday in June with numerous other events in the area during the preceding week. GayDays, which began as a single visit to Disney World's Magic Kingdom, is now a massive, weekend-long event, featuring organized visits to every part of Disney World as well as pageants, pool parties, competitions and visits to other area theme parks. We at Gay Days, Inc. They decided to all dress in red, "not rainbow" because "they wanted to blend in and not necessarily offend anybody," Steve Erics, GayDays creative director, explained in a phone call on Friday, adding "not everybody was openly gay.
Over the last three decades several organizations—including GayDayS, One Magical Weekend, Girls In Wonderland and Tidal Wave—have been formed surrounding Gay Day increasing the one-day celebration to nearly a week of theme parks, pool parties and vendor fairs.
How Disney GayDays quietly became a massive Pride event
Most recent Why your student loans could cost way more than you originally borrowed. How Disney GayDays quietly became a massive Pride event. Ina group of queer friends decided to organize an unofficial " gay and lesbian day " at Walt Disney World, a day for a small gathering of the local LGBTQ community to come and visit the theme park together. Retrieved August 19, The first documented event, inhad 3, gays and lesbians from central Florida going to area theme parks on one day wearing red shirts to make their presence more visible.
Just curious if you still see him out and about Dec 29, The Florida Family Association flew banner planes one year warning families of gay events at Disney that weekend, citing emails from people nationwide who unknowingly booked their vacation during Gay Days. Back Things To Do. This article relies largely or entirely on a single source. Historic Gulfport Casino Gulfport. According to Erics, this year a total ofattendees came to the event, making it the biggest year ever.