I'm lucky being a New Yorker because there are so many places to eat in this city. So many options! But you know where I can't eat? Chick-Fil-A. Sure, there's the NYU location, but it doesn't really count as you have to have an NYU ID to get in. (New York's hottest club? They serve waffle fries!) But, let's be honest: I'm not missing out, because I hate Chick-Fil-A, and not just because I think pieces of chicken slathered in pickle juice is inherently revolting. I hate Chick-Fil-A because Chick-Fil-A hates me.
It's not news that Chick-Fil-A is a company owned and operated by conservative Christians. I don't see anything wrong with them closing on Sundays, even if that's the go-to joke thrown the fast food chain's way. You know what I do have a problem with? The fact that the company gives so much goddamn money to anti-gay groups. As Equality Matters reports today, the company donated nearly $2 million to groups that do their best to make sure gays and lesbians are discriminated against via it's "charitable arm" WinShape:
WinShape Gave Over $1.9 Million To Anti-Gay Groups. In 2010, WinShape donated $1,974,380 to a number of anti-gay groups:
- Marriage & Family Foundation: $1,188,380
- Fellowship Of Christian Athletes: $480,000
- National Christian Foundation: $247,500
- New Mexico Christian Foundation: $54,000
- Exodus International: $1,000
- Family Research Council: $1,000
- Georgia Family Council: $2,500
Is this inexcusible? Eh, maybe: they're a private corporation and they can do whatever with their money, just as I can choose not to give them any of my money. But you know what really irks me? The fact that I know people—people who think that everyone should be treated fairly, despite their sexuality—who are still going to Chick-Fil-A! Is a tasty chicken sandwich satiating enough to completely disregard one's ethics and values? Are they totally cool with their dollars going toward a group like the Fellowship of Chrisian Athletes, which does not allow their "ministers" to participate in activities "including sex outside of marriage and homosexual acts"? How about Exodus International, which promotes therapy to cure homosexuality?
Let's face it: despite what the company's president says, Chick-Fil-A is an anti-gay corporation. And, on that note, I'm just going to have to assume that anyone who spends their money there are completely fine with the fact that an anti-gay corporation not only exists, but pushes money to other groups to continue the widespread practice of discriminating against everyone in the LGBT community. Sure, it's easy for me to boycott Chick-Fil-A (because, you know, there aren't any here, and because I've always thought the food was gross), but I'd like to see the effort from my friends and loved ones who live places where the chain has locations.