A gay man who wore some very short shorts to Gay Day at Disneyland California over the weekend claims park staff asked him to “cover up” or leave.
Cocktails & Cocktalk blog editor Anthony Gilét posted a picture of his outfit, a pair of shorts covered by an oversized sports jersey, to his blog. He said staff made him change into a longer pair of shorts after informing him Disney is a “family park.”
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.
Gilét says he changed into a longer pair of shorts he brought with him, but wonders whether staff would have made the same request to 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?
Gilét believes the staff member’s indication that Disney is a “family park” suggests that his outfit/gender combination was somehow offensive. “I was certainly wearing more than Ariel,” he joked.
Gay Day draws thousands of LGBT people to Disney on a specific day each year and, although straight people also widely recognize the day as a celebration for gay guests, it is not an event officially sanctioned by Disney.
Disneyland’s official dress code bans “clothing which, by nature, exposes excessive portions of the skin that may be viewed as inappropriate for a family environment,” and encourages guests to use “common sense” when dressing for the park.
Gilét, on the other hand, is “struggling to see the issue.”