Stinnett: Chick-Fil-A’s Support for Intolerance Spreading To Idaho

Article by Idaho Human Rights Activist Amy Stinnett

Back in 1987, my high school sweetheart and I were taking those first baby steps out into the world. I had done a brief stint at a fast food restaurant; she had a part time job as a waitress in a tiny restaurant. She was looking for more substantial work because, while her tips were usually high, the customer volume was low. One afternoon the Chick-fil-A in the mall was taking applications and doing interviews, so she stopped by and talked to a manager. After the interview, she seemed confident that she would be hired. It seemed reasonable that she would, considering she had prior work experience and a killer work ethic (trust me on that part).

But she didn’t get it. Later we found out by word of mouth that they only hired kids from “good” families. I didn’t know all the kids that worked there, but of the ones I did know, all of them had parents that could afford everything the kids could possibly want – nice cars, nice clothes, trips, etc. So the jobs went to kids who really didn’t need them, and the others, ones whose parents were not going to pay their way in the world were just out of luck.

After her experience there, suddenly those waffle potato fries didn’t taste as great as they did before. I eventually just decided Chick-fil-A wasn’t worthy of my business.

I vaguely recall reports of anti-LGBT activity from the Chick-fil-A over the years, but more and more information is coming to light. Twenty-four years later, it’s good to hear that this company’s blatant homophobia is exposed. Equalitymatters.org has released a new fact check in which they reveal that the company donated almost $2 million to anti-LGBT groups such as Marriage & Family Legacy Fund, Fellowship Of Christian Athletes, National Christian Foundation, Exodus International, Family Research Council, and Focus on the Family.

For a long time I didn’t even know there was a Chick-fil-A in Boise. It opened about a year ago and is located at the Student Union Building (SUB) on the BSU campus. Apparently, there was a lot of fanfare around it’s opening, and they have a built in customer base. They are there in partnership with Aramark, BSU’s dining services.

Idaho’s first full Chick-fil-A restaurant is expected to open sometime this month in Idaho Falls.  In light of the new Equality Matters fact sheet, please consider not supporting a business that is working against the LGBTQIA community and our struggle for equality.

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One Response to Stinnett: Chick-Fil-A’s Support for Intolerance Spreading To Idaho

  1. Pingback: Want to Support Homophobia and Hate? Eat Chick-Fil-A! « The Idaho Agenda

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