New CEO rebuffs homophobia, doubles down on inclusion at Disney shareholder meeting

By : John Paul King of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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Above: Disney CEO Bob Chapek (R) with former CEO Robert Iger (L) (Photo courtesy of Disney)

An anti-LGBTQ activist got shut down at Disney’s annual shareholder meeting by none other than the company’s new CEO himself.

Caroline Farrow, who was representing the British conservative advocacy group CitizenGo, came to the March 11 event to pressure the entertainment giant over its promotion of “LGBT ideology” in its films and television programming. It was the first shareholder meeting to be presided over by Bob Chapek, a 27-year Disney veteran who replaced former company CEO Bob Iger at the end of February.

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TIME ‘Person of the Year’ issue honors US Women’s Soccer Team, Lizzo

By : John Paul King OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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TIME Magazine’s list of winners in their annual “Person of the Year” issue includes body-positive R&B singer and LGBTQ ally Lizzo and the US Women’s Soccer Team, co-captained by out athlete Megan Rapinoe.

Selected by TIME editors, the title is bestowed upon “the person or persons who most affected the news and our lives, for good or ill, and embodied what was important about the year, for better or for worse,” according to former TIME Managing Editor Walter Isaacson in the 1998 edition of the yearly issue.

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