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Chick-fil-A Continues to Feign Ignorance at the Harm It’s Causing LGBT Community

Chick fil aPost submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

Chick-fil-A is once again issuing its “Who We Are” document in response to renewed attention to their anti-LGBT donations. Earlier today, we told you that Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy tweeted about an event supporting the Marriage and Family Foundation – which works against LGBT equality. Cathy’s tweet came the same day that reports emerged suggesting Chick-fil-A was reconsidering its anti-LGBT donations.
The truth is, Chick-fil-A is still donating money to anti-LGBT groups – they are just, once again, using the language of their mission statement to deflect attention. Take, for example, this bit from their release today:
“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.”
What that language essentially means is that they will continue to support groups with rabidly anti-LGBT agendas, but they certainly would never want anyone to think that their support should be taken as an endorsement of any particular political agenda.
Unfortunately, a number of the groups that Chick-fil-A supports – and, by the looks of today’s release, intend to continue supporting – can be construed as groups that do provide important services to people in need. But the problem is that those same groups certainly don’t think everyone deserves that type of dignity and respect – far from it. Chick-fil-A supports groups that have intentionally spread malicious falsehoods about LGBT people – groups that say we should be exported, that we’re no better than pedophiles, and that we can simply choose to be straight.
Make no mistake about it – we’re not talking about whether or not an organization supports marriage equality. We’re talking about organizations that fundamentally see LGBT people as lesser than, as people who don’t deserve the same dignity and respect as everyone else. And Chick-fil-A is continuing to support these groups, no matter how many times they repackage and re-release their mission statement.

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