England's LGBTQ protestors Shut Down First UK-based Chick-fil-A within Opening Week
LGBTQ protestors shut down the very first UK-based Chick-fil-A within its opening week. The location became the focus of a campaign highlighting the company’s history of anti-LGBTQ donations such as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes with $1.6 million dollars, a group that opposes same-sex marriage, and The Salvation Army, known for its anti-LGBTQ stand and actions. In 2012, Danielle Montarez, a Salvation Army employee was fired for being bisexual, after she expressed concern about the employee handbook relating to sexual orientation and employment discrimination. Watch Danielle’s interview for Truth Wins Out.
Protestors from Reading Pride UK, the local LGBTQ rights group, spearheaded a campaign called “Get the Chick Out,” denouncing Chick-fil-A’s CEO Dan Cathy’s statements against same-sex marriage.
According to an article by LGBTNATION in a statement released by Reading Pride UK, the organization wrote, “They hired a PR company, and he has not been quoted since,” “There is no record we can find to suggest his views have changed.”
Chick-fil-A opened its doors on October 10th, 2019, in the Oracle shopping center within the English town of Reading. However, the center publicly announced that it wouldn’t extend Chick-fil-A’s lease beyond its current six-month agreement. As a result, the restaurant will have to relocate elsewhere by April 2020.
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