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Editorial-Discrimination at Disney- Morning Sentinel- 5/8/05


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  • Editorial-Discrimination at Disney- Morning Sentinel- 5/8/05

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    There has been an ongoing debate over the past academic year at the University of Maine about a student who was accepted by an internship program at Walt Disney World in Florida. Each year, select college students are chosen to work at a Disney resort to build professional skills.

    The problem revolves around the intern's living arrangements. Disney required the student, Claire Folsom, to live alone and also to pay more than the normal cost of a double room.

    You see, Folsom, a fourth-year business administration student at UMaine, was not always a woman. She had a sex-change operation.

    Disney interns are assigned roommates -- men with men, women with women.

    While others might accept Claire as a woman, she does not meet Disney's definitions of being a male, or a female so the giant entertainment company insisted that she live alone.

    This has prompted interesting debates on campus. Most of the outspoken have rallied to Folsom's support, helping to raise more than $1,000 for her. However, others say Disney did no wrong and that the situation was the unfortunate result of a problem Folsom brought it upon herself.
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