A man has attracted a lot of attention online this week after explaining why if someone loves "LGBTQ+ people," they shouldn't be eating at Chick-Fil-A...
And he's made a very valid point.
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Now, there's no doubting that we've come a long way.
Here in the States, the LGBTQ+ community is bigger and prouder than ever before.
In Congress, we even have a number of openly-gay and trans congressmen and women...
And, in 2015, the Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage as a legal right across the country.
The community is thriving...
So much so, that it is now bigger than ever before.
But sadly, this doesn't mean that hate and bigotry don't exist...
And there are still many ignorant individuals out there who refuse to accept and support the LGBTQ+ community.
Well, it seems as if the big bosses behind the famous Georgia-based fast food chain, Chick-Fil-A, are a few of these individuals.
Of course, the majority of us all know and love Chick-Fil-A for its signature chicken sandwiches and great customer service... but what we don't love is the fact it's been known to donate to a range of charities that hold anti-LGBTQ+ stances.
Oh, and its CEO, Dan Cathy, came out proudly as homophobic in 2012!
"We are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,' and I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about," he once said in an interview.
This is exactly why many customers gradually began to boycott Chick-Fil-A...
And one man has gone to the extra length to explain why people should stop eating there altogether if they love and support the LGBTQ+ community.
His opinion has clearly opened a lot of eyes...
Writing for the Huff Post, Noah Michelson explained as a gay man why Chick-Fil-A should be boycotted completely.
"When I was growing up, there were few things as exciting to me as a trip to the Regency Mall in Racine, Wisconsin, for lunch at Chick-fil-A," he started by writing.
"I was the kind of gay that doesn't go unnoticed. It wasn't until I escaped to college that I finally began to accept who and what I was. Once I did, I vowed to never let anyone make me feel like I was less than them simply because I lusted after and loved other men."
"So you can imagine how upsetting it was for me when Chick-fil-A's president, Dan Cathy, proudly came out as a homophobe in 2012."
"Even worse, the company put its money where Cathy's vile mouth was by donating millions of dollars each year to anti-LGBTQ organizations via its Winshape nonprofit organization," he explained.
Noah went on to explain how he felt uplifted by the reaction of the community.
"As disappointed as I was to learn the chain I had loved as a child was working to make my life and the lives of my fellow queers a living hell, I was heartened by the swift response from the queer community and its supporters. For several years, the only time you'd catch an LGBTQ person or an ally at Chick-fil-A was for a protest."
But he then noticed that following the protests, people began to start eating at Chic-Fil-A again... despite the supposed boycott.
"I'd venture a guess that Cathy's somewhat conciliatory yet ridiculously inadequate non-apology and the company's (totally bogus) promise to stop donating to anti-LGBTQ groups (while it may have ceased funding some groups, it's certainly still bankrolling others) may have made some people feel justified in returning to the chain. People can be disturbingly indignant and defiant when faced with giving up their beloved chicken sandwiches."
And fast-forwarding to 2018...
"When Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was called out for tweeting about eating at Chick-fil-A during Pride Month, I was shocked to see how many queer people and their allies not only didn't care but went out of their way to defend the fast-food chain."
"Excuses I've heard for continuing to eat at Chick-fil-A range from a nonchalant dismissal of the issue (In the grand scheme of things, eating there isn't really that big of a deal and we have bigger problems to worry about) to an all-or-nothing paradigm (I can't possibly avoid all of the problematic companies out there, so why should I worry about this one?) to a simple admission that the siren song of the company's kitchens has proven impossible to ignore (I know I shouldn't eat there but it's just too good not to!)."
"B*lls*it. If you care about queer people ― or you yourself are queer ― you have absolutely no business eating at Chick-fil-A. Ever. It's really that straightforward."
"If you're arguing that virtually every company doing business today is problematic in one way or another, you're not wrong there either. But when a corporation is wafting its anti-queer stance directly under your nose, as Chick-fil-A has and continues to do, not giving them more money to use against us is a no-brainer," he said.
"Yeah, I know, I know ― it sucks that we can't have waffle fries. But you know what sucks even more? Not having equal rights and contributing to the profits of a company that wants to ensure you never do because it believes you're fundamentally disordered or unnatural or sinful or some delightful combination of all 3."
Noah then confirmed that he wasn't for a minute implying Chick-Fil-A is a "bad corporation."
"Am I saying Chick-fil-A and everyone who works for it is evil? Of course not. The corporation has done a lot of good and even donated food to volunteers giving blood in the wake of the Pulse nightclub massacre (though, ironically, most gay men weren't allowed to participate in that charitable effort). But none of its generosity changes the fact that the chain has taken and continues to take an anti-queer stance and still donates large sums of money to anti-queer groups."
"It's time to choose where your loyalties lie ― with your community or with your stomach."
"I'm hoping you can find another restaurant to satiate your chicken sandwich cravings," Noah finished by saying.
"If all else fails, there's always this recipe to make a copycat version of the Chick-fil-A favorite at home. Sure, it won't be exactly the same but it's pretty damn close, and I promise it'll go down a whole lot easier without all of that nasty queerphobia you've been ingesting."
So there you have it!
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