Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Chick-fil-A Rolls Back the Gay Hate


I hope this is sincere. Personally, I probably won't be eating there anymore. It wouldn't bother me if they went out of business over this, except that there are innocent employees who would suffer. So I guess it's good that people on Twitter are quick to rush back for more chick nuggets. Time will tell if the corporation is sincere.

Source: The Civil Rights Agenda

Chick-fil-A Ceases Anti-gay Donations, Clarifies Stance on Gay Customers & Employees

September 18, 2012 – Chicago, Illinois – The Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA), Illinois’ leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights advocacy organization, has learned that Alderman Moreno has finalized his negotiations with Chick-Fil-A. Alderman Moreno has confirmed that Chick-fil-A will no longer give money to anti-gay organizations and that they have clarified in an internal document that the company will treat every person equally, regardless of sexual orientation. The Civil Rights Agenda worked closely with the Alderman in an advisory role as he negotiated these concessions with the executives at Chick-fil-A. Additionally, members of TCRA spoke directly with executives at Chick-fil-A during negotiations to aid in educating their decision makers about anti-discrimination policies and issues affecting the LGBT community.

In a letter addressed to Alderman Moreno and signed by Chick-fil-A’s Senior Director of Real Estate, it states, “The WinShape Foundations is now taking a much closer look at the organizations it considers helping, and in that process will remain true to its stated philosophy of not supporting organizations with political agendas.” Winshape, a non-profit funded by Chick-fil-a, has donated millions of dollars to anti-LGBT groups, including some classified as hate groups. In meetings the company executives clarified that they will no longer give to anti-gay organizations.

From the LA Times
Chick-fil-A found itself on the front line of the nation's culture wars this summer when gay rights activists launched a boycott of the chain. That led to a massive counter-protest in which thousands upon thousands of Americans nationwide stood in line for hours to stand in support of the chain. That day had been declared Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day by former Arkansas Gov. and outspoken conservative Mike Huckabee.

GLAAD -- the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, one of the most outspoken voices during the summer uproar over Chick-fil-A's anti-gay marriage position -- released the following statement Wednesday:

"It’s time for Chick-fil-A to join the countless American businesses that proudly and publicly support their LGBT employees and customers," said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. "This news is the first step in Chick-fil-A making good on their promise to treat all people with true hospitality."

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