As Indiana University Bloomington students, faculty, staff, and supporters, we demand that IUB commits to ending its contract with Chick-Fil-A in light of the fact that the restaurant chain uses a portion of its profits to fund harmful, anti-LGBT initiatives and groups.
Through its non-profit arm, it is Chick-Fil-A corporate policy to support damaging practices such as “reparative therapy,” the criminalization of homosexuality, and (scariest of all) the Ugandan “Kill the Gays” bill. IUB must act immediately to end support for documented hate groups that aggressively work against LGBT people, advocating for their criminalization, psychological abuse or death.
As proud Hoosiers, we are committed to supporting intellectual freedom and respecting the rights of all, regardless of both sexual orientation and religious belief. If Chick-Fil-A’s President, Dan Cathy, were using his personal fortune and fame to back his anti-gay beliefs, we could not hold either the corporation or IUB accountable.
However, by renewing a contract with Chick-Fil-A, IUB would indirectly provide guaranteed financial support to the following organizations, by way of the Chick-Fil-A WinShape Foundation:
1. The radical-right-wing group Eagle Forum, which supports LGBT people being considered criminals.
2. Exodus International, which claims to “cure homosexuality” through psychological coercion of LGBT people, a tactic that has been condemned by the APA and is considered harmful to LGBT individuals.
3. Focus on the Family (FOF) and its off-shoot group, Family Research Council (FRC), which has been designated as a hate group by Southern Poverty Law Center. FOF aggressively defames LGBT people as a threat to children and FRC spent $25,000 to stop the US Congress from condemning Uganda’s “Kill the Gays” policy that would execute all gay people.
We demand that Indiana University Bloomington end its contract with Chick-Fil-A for the Wells Library Cyber Café location, and also that of IU Sports Properties, which includes concession stands inside Assembly Hall and Memorial Stadium, and public address and video advertisements during games.