Update: Chick-Fil-A still not a gay freindly company


You had to know it was too good to be true.

Shane Windmeyer, executive director for Campus Pride, got a lot of hopes up with his guest appearance over at HuffPost yesterday. Windmeyer went so far as to announce that his organization had suspended its boycott over Chick-Fil-A’s past donations.  So everything is fine and Chick-Fil-A is now somewhere over the rainbow right?

Not so fast.

As the Agenda reported yesterday, Windmeyer wrote in his piece,”This past week Chick-fil-A shared with me the 2011 IRS Form 990, filed in November for the WinShape Foundation, along with 2012 financials….The nearly $6 million in outside grant funding focuses on youth, education, marriage enrichment and local communities. The funding reflects Chick-fil-A’s promised commitment not to engage in “political or social debates,” and the most divisive, anti-LGBT groups are no longer listed.”

It turns out Windmeyer was only partially correct.  While the fast food chicken chain has indeed ceased donations to WinShape, The Advocate’s Lucas Grindley and others say Chick-Fil-A is still giving to anti-gay organizations.

Chick-Fil-A’s donation list includes the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the National Christian Foundation and the Marriage and Family Foundation.

As Grindley reports, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes “once bragged it could “free” people from homosexuality, even featuring on its website in 2011 the story of a coach who was “delivered from homosexuality.” The National Christian Foundation may still be giving grants to groups like Focus on the Family and the Marriage and Family Foundation has been very much opposed to same sex marriage.

Of course, this isn’t the first time Chick-Fil-A has tried to clean up its anti-gay image. It looked like there was a little hope in September when Chicago Alderman Proco Joe Moreno met with Chik-fil-A executives. It was announced that the company would end its donations to anti-equality organizations.

Chick-fil-A later clarified that the contributions were misconstrued and they would continue to donate to current beneficiaries, some of which fund campaigns against marriage equality. The company released a statement that all customers are valued at its restaurants, but ultimately the company’s views didn’t appear to change.

Given the CEO’s personal stance against marriage equality and contributions to groups like FCA, while Windmeyer’s news is encouraging, it’s a safe bet that this probably wasn’t the breakthrough moment most LGBT groups were hoping for.


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