The Human Rights Campaign’s most recent scorecard rates Chick-fil-A a 0 on LGBTQ-inclusive policies. They continue to preach anti-LGBTQ values —they gave at least $1.4 million in 2015 alone.
It’s been more than five years since Chick-fil-A was brought to the nation’s attention by CEO Dan Cathy’s comments that the company was “guilty as charged” of opposing same-sex marriage.
Facing national backlash, Cathy vowed to stay out of the debate altogether and focus on chicken. The company said it would,
“treat every person with honor, dignity and respect-regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation and gender.”
What’s changed? Not much. Back in 2015, the company’s IRS filings show it gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to anti-LGBTQ organizations. Their website’s FAQ claims the foundation,
“is focused on helping every child become all they were created to be.”
But its donations continue to go to groups that do not believe that this includes LGBTQ youth.
In 2015, the foundation gave more than $1 million (nearly 1/6 of its total grants) to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a religious organization, which seeks to utilize athletes and coaches to spread Christian teachings. They have a strong anti-LGBTQ message.
“The Bible is clear in teaching on sexual sin including sex outside of marriage and homosexual acts. Neither heterosexual sex outside of marriage nor any homosexual act constitute an alternative lifestyle acceptable to God.”
They also gave more than $200,000 to the Paul Anderson Youth Home. They promote harmful “ex-gay” therapies. And at least $130,000 was given to the Salvation Army, which has a long history of anti-LGBTQ housing discrimination and opposition to same-sex marriage equality.
The company said its donations have been mischaracterized,
“A part of our corporate commitment is to be responsible stewards of all that God has entrusted to us. Because of this commitment, Chick-fil-A’s giving heritage is focused on programs that educate youth, strengthen families and enrich marriages, and support communities. We will continue to focus our giving in those areas. Our intent is not to support political or social agendas.”
Chick-fil-A has opened its first New York City outpost in NYU’s Weinstein Food Court, hidden from street view and accessible via a nondescript entrance. The chain has over 2200 restaurants nationwide. Now it’s opening its fourth Manhattan on 42nd Street.
A leader with the LGBTQ and animals group Collectively Free, Raffi Ciavatta, said,
“New York is considered the birthplace of LGBTQ rights and is a strong voice for animals as well. It deserves better than allowing a homophobic, transphobic and speciesist company to make money from violence. And now they’re opening another store.
I’m just baffled by folks. People tend to compartmentalize things in order to be able to justify going to these places, which is very disappointing to me.“
Ciavatta, who is transgender, said the group was also “disappointed” there wasn’t more of a sustained boycott. A customer told protesters at the restaurant,
“I am not homophobic, I’m not racist. I’m just here for the chicken.“
OK, but money talks…
Still want to eat hate at Chick-fil-A? Do the math. They are still using YOUR $$ to fund their anti-LGBTQ agenda. Hit ’em in the wallet, kids!