Campus Pride Calls on University Leaders to Uphold Non-Discrimination Policies And End Chick-fil-A Relationships


       “No college or university wants to be associated with hate.”

TransGriot Note: From Campus Pride

CHARLOTTE,
N.C. – Campus Pride, the leading national nonprofit for lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and ally college students, condemns
Chick-Fil-A for their funding of documented hate groups and asks that
colleges and universities across the country disassociate with
Chick-Fil-A immediately, as follows:

  • Pass
    a student government policy/resolution that expresses opposition to
    Chick-Fil-A on the basis of their direct funding of documented hate
    groups and prevents further association with the brand Chick-Fil-A.
  • End
    food service contracts that include Chick-Fil-A, amend these contracts,
    or refuse negotiations with companies like the Aramark Corporation,
    which include Chick-Fil-A among dining choices.
  • Pull out of conferences, events and sports games where Chick-Fil-A is a sponsor.

“If colleges wish to create an atmosphere that is respectful, inclusive,
diverse and fosters safety for all students, then associating with
Chick-Fil-A, which is on record funding documented hate groups, is
downright wrong and has to end immediately,” said Shane Windmeyer,
executive director of Campus Pride. “Saying ‘no’ to Chick-Fil-A is
saying ‘no’ to hate.”

Over
the past decade, college student leaders have long protested
Chick-Fil-A due to its discriminatory stances and have asked for its
removal from retail dining options offered on campus. New York
University, University of Southern Mississippi, Indiana University, Duke
University and University of North Carolina Wilmington are among such
institutions and reflect the wide spread efforts to kick Chick-Fil-A off
campus for not adhering to campus policies of nondiscrimination.

“Chick-Fil-A
and its founding family have the right to believe, say and do whatever
they want — including funding hate groups. This issue is not about
freedom of speech. Campus Pride respects every individual or company’s
right to express their opinions and beliefs – even if these beliefs are
counter to our values,” said Windmeyer.

“The
real issue is about choosing businesses to operate on campus that
uphold campus policies of nondiscrimination and that do not funnel
monies to documented hate groups. Doing so, impedes a college from being
a safe space for all students to learn, live and grow.”

Chick-Fil-A
funding of documented hate groups, like the Family Research Council
(FRC), which advocates the criminalization and death of LGBT people, is
clearly unacceptable. In 2010, Chick-Fil-A supported FRC and its $25,000
effort to stop the United States Congress from passing a bill
denouncing the execution of homosexuals in Uganda. The company also
sponsored Exodus International, an “ex-gay” group claiming to “cure
homosexuality” at devastating psychological costs. The funding has
received little attention prior to the recent controversy.

Campus
Pride believes that increased press coverage will only ignite further
efforts to end the fast food chain operations on college campuses.
Windmeyer reiterates that Campus Pride is “committed to help campuses
end food service contracts with Chick-Fil-A” and this August will be
sending a letter against Chick-Fil-A to the college presidents of the
nearly 400+ colleges and universities that participate annually in the
Campus Pride national LGBT-friendly college fair program and its Campus
Pride Index online benchmarking tool to create safer, more welcoming
campus communities.

“Chick-Fil-A’s
logo is now a symbol of hate because of the company’s outward,
unapologetic funding of documented hate groups like the Family Research
Council. No college or university wants to be associated with hate.”

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