A man participating in the Gay Days Anaheim proceedings at Disneyland was threatened with being forced to leave the acclaimed theme park because of his outfit.
Anthony Gilet, writer for QX Magazine, said he was told by a staff member that security could remove him from the park because his shorts may be deemed too short.
Gilet discussed the incident on his blog, Cocktails and Cocktalk.
“Within a few minutes of being inside the park, a member of staff chased us down, before asking ‘do you have anything on under that top?’ So I told her yes, and showed her the shorts I had on underneath. To which she replied, ‘OK…Because it gives the impression that you have nothing on underneath. Do you have a change of outfit, because if not, security may remove you from the park.’ Really? Why? She continued, ‘It’s just that it’s a family park.'”
As Gilet had brought a second pair of long shorts, he changed his outfit to avoid further confrontation after paying $99 to enter. Nevertheless, he wonders if Disneyland staff would demand the same of a female guest.
“What exactly was the issue? Was it the fact that there was so much leg on show? Because there were countless girls walking around in booty shorts. How is it any different from a girl in those? Or even a dress? Was she asking women if they had anything on under their short skirts too?”
Beginning in 1998, seven years after the Gay Days proceedings had begun in Disney World in Florida, this LGBT event brings over 35,000 participants to Southern California. As neither has been sanctioned as an official Disney event, participants identify themselves by wearing red shirts or football jerseys. Disneyland’s official dress code prohibits clothing that “exposes excessive portions of the skin that may be viewed as inappropriate for a family environment.”
“I fully understand that my outfit was a bit unusual and apparently not conservative enough for Disney, but I’m struggling to see the issue,” said Gilet. “I wasn’t wearing an offensive slogan, and I had shorts on underneath that weren’t going to expose anything when I sat down. What was the line that had been crossed?
“I was certainly wearing more than Ariel.”