Monday, June 06, 2011

Chick-fil-A to Leave GWU

I have written before (here and here) about Chick-fil-A's ties to anti-gay organizations who seek to suppress and discriminate against gay people and especially gay couples.  Since finding out about Chick-fil-A's history of supporting such homophobic groups, I have kept my promise not to eat at the Chick-fil-A at J Street, the George Washington University's dining hall.

Many schools have kicked Chick-fil-A off campus following the media buzz surrounding the eatery's homophobic ties.  The George Washington University is now becoming the next school to eliminate Chick-fil-A from its menu, as students and faculty alike turn away from the hateful chain.  From GW Today:

The most obvious changes to J Street will be two new concepts: a diner, which will feature a made-to-order grill, ready-to-go breakfast and lunch combos, salads, daily specials and coffee drinks and will replace Wendy’s; and a “homestyle favorites” venue, which will serve traditional American comfort food, including meals like meatloaf with mashed potatoes and green beans, as well as a daily Buff and Blue Plate Special. The homestyle favorites venue will replace Chick-Fil-A. (emphasis added)

Let's be clear: we don't know for a fact that GW is ditching Chick-fil-A because of its homophobic ties: to assert that beyond a shadow of a doubt would be more than misleading.  (More realistically, students are just sick and tired of eating greasy fast food every single day.)  But whatever the reason, Chick-fil-A is no longer going to have a presence on the GW campus, and that is categorically a good thing.

The GW community - a community that accepts and supports its LGBT students - should not be giving a single penny to a dining establishment that will just forward that money to anti-gay organizations.  This move brings GW one step closer to being the perfect school for LGBT students and faculty.  I applaud the decision to remove Chick-fil-A from campus.

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