Headteacher turns down free Chick-fil-A to stand in solidarity with LGBT staff
A high school principal refused to serve a free meal from Chick-fil-A to teachers at his school in solidarity with his LGBT+ staff.
The American fast food chain, the largest in the US behind McDonald’s and Subway, is notorious for its funding of anti-LGBT+ organisations.
Lusher High School in New Orleans was offered a meal from Chick-fil-A by the College Football Foundation and A+ Lunch as part of “teacher appreciation day”.
But according to WWL-TV, principal Steven Corbett said in a statement: “Out of respect to our LGBTQ staff, we have chosen to not serve Chick-fil-A at an employee lunch.
“The number one rule at Lusher is to ‘Be Kind’ and we live this motto every day.
“Chick-fil-A has been politically outspoken about its views, and we feel it is not part of Lusher’s culture of kindness and community.”
Corbett also told WDSU News: “We just thought it was important for us to be supporting our LGBTQ community and our staff.
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“Recognising some of the efforts the organisation has made to create legislation that is anti-LGBTQ… We made a decision to decline the lunches.”
The College Football Foundation confirmed that it would bring teachers food from another restaurant to celebrate the day.
Chick-fil-A’s CEO, Dan Cathy, has openly confirmed that the company is against same-sex marriage. Two years later he said that he regrets voicing the comments but still stands by his statement.
Last week a “pilot” restaurant opened in the UK in Reading’s Oracle shopping centre.
Reading local Rebecca Stenlake wrote on Facebook: “You have literally got to be kidding me.
“You do know just how blatantly homophobic they are? I’m ashamed of all involved in allowing this to happen, honestly. Utterly unacceptable.”