Ever since reports surfaced that Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy has funded various anti-marriage equality initiatives, the fast food chain has struggled to win over LGBT customers. At least one franchise is trying to extend an olive branch—along with “original chicken sandwiches.”
This weekend, a Chick-fil-A in Hollywood partnered with the national gay youth organization Campus Pride to help fundraise for anti-bullying measures. According to Campus Pride director Shane Windmeyer, he personally met with Cathy several times last year and each man “expanded his world without abandoning it”—which could mean anything from tepid goodwill to Cathy vowing to keep homos out of his innocent Christian eateries.
Nonetheless, Jeremiah Cillpam, owner of a Chick-fil-A franchise on Sunset Boulevard, is doing his part to support the LGBT community. During Saturday’s fundraiser, an unspecified percentage of all sales went to Campus Pride’s month-long effort to raise money for anti-bullying programs.
Whether Chick-fil-A’s corporate brass will follow suit remains to be seen. Seventy percent of LGBT consumers say they’re still boycotting the franchise.