San Diego resident, Wil Kenney, has received a formal apology from the Walt Disney company after a harrowing evening with security and the Anaheim police at Downtown Disney (at the Disneyland Resort).
Mr. Kenney claims he was harassed by Anaheim police and Disneyland security because Mr. Kenney was holding another man's hand.
Mr. Kenney, along with two other same-sex couples and their children, were walking through the Downtown Disney district on Saturday when Disney security detained them and called Anaheim PD. Mr. Kenney claims that he was forced face-first into a wall and forcibly frisked, searched, and interrogated in front of hundreds of people in Downtown Disney.
At the time, Disney security claimed that Mr. Kenney threatened them with a fire arm. However, after finding no weapons on Mr. Kenney or anyone else in his party, Anaheim PD left the scene.
Rob Doughty, who is head of Disneyland's gay group and a vice president of communications for Disneyland, says the whole incident was a misunderstanding that had nothing to do with Kenney's sexuality. "Our policy is, "everyone is welcome," Doughty says. "If a same-sex couple wants to hold hands at our park, that's fine." Doughty says that the Disney Company will not not tolerate homophobic behavior from its cast members, as Disney is a very welcoming company.