Students at college campuses around the country are organizing around the presence of Chick-fil-A at their schools, after numerous stories noted the restaurant's deep connections to anti-gay organizations like Focus on the Family, the National Organization for Marriage, Exodus International, and the Pennsylvania Family Institute. Indeed, a new report by Equality Matters notes that Chick-fil-A has funneled more than $1.1 million to organizations fighting civil rights for LGBT people in the United States.
Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) is one campus where students are organizing to keep a Chick-fil-A out of the Student Union's dining services.
"The Student Union is a place where all students should feel safe and welcome. By allowing a company with a history of bigotry and homophobia into our campus, we potentially allow FGCU to place monetary gain above the comfort and safety of the very students who are expected to frequent the Union Building," say the group of students at FGCU.
Show your support for these students, by sending a message that Chick-fil-A's support for organizations working to take civil rights away from LGBT Americans must stop. These students are taking a bold stand for equality on campus, and holding the restaurant chain accountable for working with some of the fiercest anti-gay organizations in the United States. Bolstered by the amazing research that activists and bloggers like Jeremy Hooper at Good As You have done to expose Chick-fil-A's WinShape Foundation, these students are starting their own Change.org petitions to build campus support.
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Meanwhile, a student group at Florida Gulf Coast University has started to organize to keep Chick-fil-A off campus, challenging the company's role in supporting organizations like the National Organization for Marriage, Focus on the Family, the Pennsylvania Family Institute and more -- either directly through their franchises, or through the company's charitable arm, the WinShape Foundation.
I stand in solidarity with these students, as someone who cares deeply about equality and someone who supports full civil rights for LGBT people. These students should be commended for challenging corporate support for anti-gay organizations, and should have their voices heard on campus.
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