Reading, England – LGBTQ protestors have shut down the first UK-based location of the fast-food chain Chick Fil-A barely a week after it opened. The location quickly became the focus of a campaign highlighting the company’s history of anti-LGBTQ donations. The restaurant opened two weekends ago in the English town of Reading. However, the center publicly announced that it wouldn’t extend Chick Fil-A’s lease beyond its current six-month agreement. As a result, the restaurant will have to relocate elsewhere next April.
The announcement follows the spearheading of a campaign by the LGBTQ group Reading Pride UK called “Get the Chick Out.” The campaign mentioned that Chick-Fil-A’s CEO Dan Cathy has merely been hidden away by the company’s PR handlers after the massive amount of bad press following Cathy’s 2012 statements against same-sex marriage. “They hired a PR company, and he has not been quoted since,” a statement released by Reading Pride UK wrote. “There is no record we can find to suggest his views have changed.”
Reading Pride UK pointed out that as recently as 2017 Chick-Fil-A has donated $1.6 million to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a group which opposes same-sex marriage, and to the Salvation Army, a group with its own history of anti-LGBTQ actions. The group also mentions that the restaurant’s founder – the current CEO’s father, Truett Cathy – donated money to anti-gay groups such as the Marriage & Family Foundation, the Georgia Family Council, and the ex-gay therapy group Exodus International. Reading Pride UK has pledged to continue protesting against Chick-Fil-A’s Reading restaurant until its last day. (LGBTQ Nation – Daniel Villarreal at XX
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