Amazing: Gays boycott Pride event in NH due to Chick-Fil-A participation?

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Amazing: Gays boycott Pride event in NH due to Chick-Fil-A participation?

One of the first rules of being in a hole is to stop dig­ging. Appar­ently the folks at GetE­QUAL MA & Join the Impact MA haven’t fig­ured this out yet. They have decided to pull out of the Pride NH event because…wait for it. The Nashua Chick-​Fil-​A Fran­chise is sup­port­ing and par­tic­i­pat­ing in it:

From a press release I received today

Despite the Nashua franchisee’s dec­la­ra­tion of being wel­com­ing to the gay com­mu­nity, his restau­rant — like all Chick-​fil-​A restau­rants — gives 15% gross + 50% net prof­its back to the Atlanta-​based par­ent com­pany, from which Chick-​fil-​A is free to donate to whomever they want. The $50 booth fee for NH Pride is a pal­try price for the local Chick-​fil-​A to pay in order to mar­ket a prod­uct, in the hopes of gain­ing new fans who will pro­duce more prof­its — prof­its which will end up sup­port­ing anti-​gay groups work­ing against the inter­ests of the very peo­ple and their loved ones NH Pride is cel­e­brat­ing. The Chick-​fil-​A story for the LGBTQ com­mu­nity has always been one about a com­pany specif­i­cally sup­port­ing efforts that harm our com­mu­nity, not about a pri­vate citizen’s per­sonal opinions.

In other words the Nashua Chick-​Fil-​A Franchise’s choice to par­tic­i­pate in the event and the national atten­tion that coun­ter­point isn’t good enough, that Chick-​Fil-​A fran­chise con­t­a­m­i­nates the entire event so they will not participate.

Wow way to go guys. Con­sid­er­ing the rel­a­tive sizes of the Fri­day Protest and Tues­day Star­bucks appre­ci­a­tion day the to the Chick-​Fil-​A day you would think any­thing that would split the com­mu­nity that sup­ports Chick-​Fil-​A would be a net pos­i­tive for your side.

Instead the mes­sage is sent, there is a split in the LGBT com­mu­nity and the Nashua Fran­chise owner (and all oth­ers who might con­sider sup­port­ing your posi­tion) will get no reward for their efforts.

That will get them run­ning to your side of the aisle. Good plan!

Then again maybe it’s only an excuse, maybe they are afraid I will cover the event and this is just an accept­able way to dis­guise the embar­rass­ment and shame of Fedo­ra­pho­bia!

Hey that makes as much sense as this does.
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Here is the full press release:

GETE­QUAL MA & JOIN THE IMPACT MA WITH­DRAW PAR­TIC­I­PA­TION IN NH PRIDE EVENT

BOSTON, MA — GetE­QUAL Mass­a­chu­setts and Join the Impact Mass­a­chu­setts posted a state­ment to our web­sites before par­tic­i­pat­ing in the August 3rd nation­wide Chick-​fil-​A action because we wanted to shift the pub­lic debate away from the mis­ap­pro­pri­ated free speech argu­ment to the real issue of Chick-fil-A’s “dis­crim­i­na­tion dona­tions” and the strug­gle for LGBT equal­ity. The state­ment fol­lowed NH Pride’s sub­se­quent world­wide mes­sag­ing of Chick-​fil-​A as a spon­sor of their upcom­ing Pride Event, an action we found trou­bling con­sid­er­ing Chick-fil-A’s long his­tory of anti-​gay dis­crim­i­na­tion. We were look­ing for­ward to par­tic­i­pat­ing in NH Pride as indi­vid­u­als of a com­mu­nity that stretches beyond state bor­ders. Unfor­tu­nately, our ‘Pinkwash­ing of Chick-​fil-​A” blog post was met with charges of bul­ly­ing. NH Pride’s con­tin­ued sup­port of their deci­sion to pro­mote the Chick-​fil-​A name has forced us to recon­sider our par­tic­i­pa­tion in their Pride Event, an event we were happy to see return to New Hamp­shire and one we con­tinue to sup­port, but have deter­mined best to with­draw from.

Chick-​fil-​A makes no bones about being opposed to mar­riage equal­ity, nor about the mil­lions of dol­lars they’ve given to defend “bib­li­cal mar­riage” and the “tra­di­tional fam­ily.” This is a curi­ous posi­tion for a cor­po­ra­tion, or an indi­vid­ual store beholden to that cor­po­ra­tion, to sup­port con­sid­er­ing the peren­nial bat­tle in New Hamp­shire to retain their equal mar­riage law. Removed from much of the media cov­er­age is the fact that Chick-​fil-​A doesn’t restrict their anti-​gay dis­crim­i­na­tion dona­tions to the mar­riage fight but they also give money to ex-​gay con­ver­sion ther­apy min­istries and other anti-​gay groups — includ­ing one orga­ni­za­tion iden­ti­fied by the South­ern Povery Law Cen­ter as a “hate group” — engaged in var­i­ous cam­paigns to pro­hibit and take away our equal rights like NH’s unan­i­mous defeat of a much-​lobbied-​against trans­gen­der rights bill.

Despite the Nashua franchisee’s dec­la­ra­tion of being wel­com­ing to the gay com­mu­nity, his restau­rant — like all Chick-​fil-​A restau­rants — gives 15% gross + 50% net prof­its back to the Atlanta-​based par­ent com­pany, from which Chick-​fil-​A is free to donate to whomever they want. The $50 booth fee for NH Pride is a pal­try price for the local Chick-​fil-​A to pay in order to mar­ket a prod­uct, in the hopes of gain­ing new fans who will pro­duce more prof­its — prof­its which will end up sup­port­ing anti-​gay groups work­ing against the inter­ests of the very peo­ple and their loved ones NH Pride is cel­e­brat­ing. The Chick-​fil-​A story for the LGBTQ com­mu­nity has always been one about a com­pany specif­i­cally sup­port­ing efforts that harm our com­mu­nity, not about a pri­vate citizen’s per­sonal opinions.

The dis­crep­an­cies among laws at the state level and cam­paigns to elim­i­nate state level pro-​LGBT leg­is­la­tion requires a fed­eral solu­tion to guar­an­tee equal rights for all peo­ple — no mat­ter their race, color, reli­gion, sex, national ori­gin, age, abil­ity, sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, or gen­der identity/​expression. This is why GetE­QUAL has recently embarked on a “Fight for the 14th” cam­paign (www​.gete​qual​.org/​p​ledge) to demand full fed­eral equal­ity for all Amer­i­cans as guar­an­teed by the 14th Amendment.

For decades, we’ve called on Con­gress and the White House to make good on the promises of the 14th Amend­ment and, year after year, our com­mu­nity has been turned away,” said Sasha Kauf­mann, state lead with GetE­QUAL Mass­a­chu­setts. “Now it’s time to go to the Amer­i­can peo­ple — to do the grass­roots orga­niz­ing work that will cre­ate a move­ment for full LGBT equal­ity and force those in power to concede.”

Nation­ally, LGBT peo­ple can be dis­crim­i­nated against in pub­lic accom­mo­da­tions, pub­lic facil­i­ties, federally-​funded pro­grams, employ­ment, hous­ing, edu­ca­tion, credit, fed­eral mar­riage recog­ni­tion, immi­gra­tion sta­tus, dis­abil­ity and fam­ily leave issues. Even in Mass­a­chu­setts, trans­gen­der res­i­dents can be dis­crim­i­nated against in pub­lic accom­mo­da­tions and facil­i­ties because the recently-​enacted Trans­gen­der Civil Rights leg­is­la­tion had those sec­tions removed by suc­cess­ful lob­by­ing of the same kinds of orga­ni­za­tions that Chick-​fil-​A sup­ports with prof­its from sales nation­wide — and by politi­cians who refuse to stand up to the bully tac­tics of these groups.

It’s time for us to demand full LGBT equal­ity under the law. For too long, the 14th Amend­ment has remained an unful­filled promise for LGBT Amer­i­cans. As Cathy Kristof­fer­son, board mem­ber with Join the Impact Mass­a­chu­setts, asserted, “This isn’t about chicken, and this isn’t about indi­vid­ual acts of kind­ness. This isn’t about the Cathy family’s per­sonal opin­ions, and it isn’t even really about mar­riage equal­ity. This is about lives — all our lives — and whether or not we ever get to live them freely and fully equal. This is what the Fight for the 14th is all about. Won’t you join us?”

One of the first rules of being in a hole is to stop digging. Apparently the folks at GetEQUAL MA & Join the Impact MA haven’t figured this out yet. They have decided to pull out of the Pride NH event because…wait for it. The Nashua Chick-Fil-A Franchise is supporting and participating in it:

From a press release I received today

Despite the Nashua franchisee’s declaration of being welcoming to the gay community, his restaurant — like all Chick-fil-A restaurants — gives 15% gross + 50% net profits back to the Atlanta-based parent company, from which Chick-fil-A is free to donate to whomever they want. The $50 booth fee for NH Pride is a paltry price for the local Chick-fil-A to pay in order to market a product, in the hopes of gaining new fans who will produce more profits — profits which will end up supporting anti-gay groups working against the interests of the very people and their loved ones NH Pride is celebrating. The Chick-fil-A story for the LGBTQ community has always been one about a company specifically supporting efforts that harm our community, not about a private citizen’s personal opinions.

In other words the Nashua Chick-Fil-A Franchise’s choice to participate in the event and the national attention that counterpoint isn’t good enough, that Chick-Fil-A franchise contaminates the entire event so they will not participate.

Wow way to go guys. Considering the relative sizes of the Friday Protest and Tuesday Starbucks appreciation day the to the Chick-Fil-A day you would think anything that would split the community that supports Chick-Fil-A would be a net positive for your side.

Instead the message is sent, there is a split in the LGBT community and the Nashua Franchise owner (and all others who might consider supporting your position) will get no reward for their efforts.

That will get them running to your side of the aisle.  Good plan!

Then again maybe it’s only an excuse, maybe they are afraid I will cover the event and this is just an acceptable way to disguise the embarrassment and shame of Fedoraphobia!

Hey that makes as much sense as this does.
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The DaTechGuy’s fund raiser goes on, help me get that used Mercury and find a cure for fedoraphobia

For details click here for the progress check the thermometer to the right and to kick in hit DaTipJar”.




 Here is the full press release:

GETEQUAL MA & JOIN THE IMPACT MA WITHDRAW PARTICIPATION IN NH PRIDE EVENT

BOSTON, MA — GetEQUAL Massachusetts and Join the Impact Massachusetts posted a statement to our websites before participating in the August 3rd nationwide Chick-fil-A action because we wanted to shift the public debate away from the misappropriated free speech argument to the real issue of Chick-fil-A’s “discrimination donations” and the struggle for LGBT equality. The statement followed NH Pride’s subsequent worldwide messaging of Chick-fil-A as a sponsor of their upcoming Pride Event, an action we found troubling considering Chick-fil-A’s long history of anti-gay discrimination. We were looking forward to participating in NH Pride as individuals of a community that stretches beyond state borders. Unfortunately, our ‘Pinkwashing of Chick-fil-A” blog post was met with charges of bullying. NH Pride’s continued support of their decision to promote the Chick-fil-A name has forced us to reconsider our participation in their Pride Event, an event we were happy to see return to New Hampshire and one we continue to support, but have determined best to withdraw from.

Chick-fil-A makes no bones about being opposed to marriage equality, nor about the millions of dollars they’ve given to defend “biblical marriage” and the “traditional family.” This is a curious position for a corporation, or an individual store beholden to that corporation, to support considering the perennial battle in New Hampshire to retain their equal marriage law. Removed from much of the media coverage is the fact that Chick-fil-A doesn’t restrict their anti-gay discrimination donations to the marriage fight but they also give money to ex-gay conversion therapy ministries and other anti-gay groups — including one organization identified by the Southern Povery Law Center as a “hate group” — engaged in various campaigns to prohibit and take away our equal rights like NH’s unanimous defeat of a much-lobbied-against transgender rights bill.

Despite the Nashua franchisee’s declaration of being welcoming to the gay community, his restaurant — like all Chick-fil-A restaurants — gives 15% gross + 50% net profits back to the Atlanta-based parent company, from which Chick-fil-A is free to donate to whomever they want. The $50 booth fee for NH Pride is a paltry price for the local Chick-fil-A to pay in order to market a product, in the hopes of gaining new fans who will produce more profits — profits which will end up supporting anti-gay groups working against the interests of the very people and their loved ones NH Pride is celebrating. The Chick-fil-A story for the LGBTQ community has always been one about a company specifically supporting efforts that harm our community, not about a private citizen’s personal opinions.

The discrepancies among laws at the state level and campaigns to eliminate state level pro-LGBT legislation requires a federal solution to guarantee equal rights for all people — no matter their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, ability, sexual orientation, or gender identity/expression. This is why GetEQUAL has recently embarked on a “Fight for the 14th” campaign (www.getequal.org/pledge) to demand full federal equality for all Americans as guaranteed by the 14th Amendment.

“For decades, we’ve called on Congress and the White House to make good on the promises of the 14th Amendment and, year after year, our community has been turned away,” said Sasha Kaufmann, state lead with GetEQUAL Massachusetts. “Now it’s time to go to the American people — to do the grassroots organizing work that will create a movement for full LGBT equality and force those in power to concede.”

Nationally, LGBT people can be discriminated against in public accommodations, public facilities, federally-funded programs, employment, housing, education, credit, federal marriage recognition, immigration status, disability and family leave issues. Even in Massachusetts, transgender residents can be discriminated against in public accommodations and facilities because the recently-enacted Transgender Civil Rights legislation had those sections removed by successful lobbying of the same kinds of organizations that Chick-fil-A supports with profits from sales nationwide — and by politicians who refuse to stand up to the bully tactics of these groups.

It’s time for us to demand full LGBT equality under the law. For too long, the 14th Amendment has remained an unfulfilled promise for LGBT Americans. As Cathy Kristofferson, board member with Join the Impact Massachusetts, asserted, “This isn’t about chicken, and this isn’t about individual acts of kindness. This isn’t about the Cathy family’s personal opinions, and it isn’t even really about marriage equality. This is about lives — all our lives — and whether or not we ever get to live them freely and fully equal. This is what the Fight for the 14th is all about. Won’t you join us?”