Chick-fil-A backtracks, won’t pledge to end donations to anti-LGBT charities
Chick-fil-A appears to have backtracked on its decision to end donations to charities that discriminate against LGBT+ people.
The chicken chain, which has a long history of donations to lobbying groups that oppose LGBT+ rights, signalled on Monday that it would end donations to charities that discriminate against LGBT+ people, after a sustained international boycott.
However, after a backlash from anti-LGBT conservatives and Republicans, the company appears to have quietly backtracked.
Chick-fil-A backtracks over end to anti-LGBT donations
In a statement to Vice, Chick-fil-A President and COO Tim Tassopoulos refused to confirm the company would not donate to groups that oppose LGBT+ rights.
He said: “No organisation will be excluded from future consideration–faith-based or non-faith-based.”
A statement on the Chick-fil-A Foundation website said it was “happy and proud” of its 2018 donations, which include Christian organisations that discriminate against LGBT+ people.
In its announcement on Monday, Chick-fil-A had said it would take a “more focused giving approach to provide additional clarity and impact with the causes it supports.”
It said Chick-fil-A would “deepen its giving to a smaller number of organisations working exclusively in the areas of education, homelessness and hunger.”
Chicken chain ‘must be more transparent’
Drew Anderson of GLAAD said: “If Chick-Fil-A is serious about their pledge to stop holding hands with divisive anti-LGBTQ activists, then further transparency is needed regarding their deep ties to organisations like Focus on the Family, which exist purely to harm LGBTQ people and families.
“Chick-Fil-A investors, employees, and customers can greet today’s announcement with cautious optimism, but should remember that similar press statements were previously proven to be empty.
“In addition to refraining from financially supporting anti-LGBTQ organizations, Chick-Fil-A still lacks policies to ensure safe workplaces for LGBTQ employees and should unequivocally speak out against the anti-LGBTQ reputation that their brand represents.”