More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
Reports: Chick-Fil-A Will Stop Supporting Anti-Gay Groups
A Chicago advocacy organization, the Civil Rights Agenda, says that Chick-fil-A has agreed to stop donating to anti-gay activist groups through its WinShape Foundation after negotiations with city Alderman Proco Moreno. The fast food chain is said to have written to Moreno, stating, “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.”
In an email to BuzzFeed, Chick-fil-A spokesperson Steve Robinson neither confirmed nor contested the Civil Rights Agenda’s report, but claimed, "We have no agenda, policy or position against anyone. We have a 65-year history of providing hospitality for all people and, as a dedicated family business, serving and valuing everyone regardless of their beliefs or opinions.” The company made similar statements when its anti-gay donation practices first received national media attention.
“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.”
A Huffington Post article from earlier this month indicated that the company was speaking with campus leaders including Campus Pride. We hope these conversations continue and that Chick-fil-A takes a stand against bullying by affirming LGBT customers and youth.