The situation with Chick-fil-A has been getting a bit more complicated of late. Tomorrow, New Hampshire Pride will be holding their annual festival; however, the local chapters of Join the Impact and GetEQUAL will not be participating, and it is all because of the Nashua Chick-fil-A franchise’s decision to help sponsor the festival.
Anthony Piccola, manager of the Phesant Lane Mall Chick-fil-A, decided to back Gay Pride in opposition to and going against the stated anti-LGBT stance of the company’s owner Dan Cathy. Piccola’s franchise is the only Chick-fil-A in New Hampshire and one of the less than handful in the North East.
At Boston.com, they posted the press release from GetEQUAL Massachusetts and Join the Impact Massachusetts which declared their intentions to sit out this years Pride over this franchise’s decision to support Pride. They wrote:
Despite the Nashua franchisee’s declaration of being welcoming to the gay community, his restaurant — like all Chick-fil-A restaurants — gives 15% gross + 50% net profits back to the Atlanta-based parent company, from which Chick-fil-A is free to donate to whomever they want. The $50 booth fee for NH Pride is a paltry price for the local Chick-fil-A to pay in order to market a product, in the hopes of gaining new fans who will produce more profits — profits which will end up supporting anti-gay groups working against the interests of the very people and their loved ones NH Pride is celebrating. The Chick-fil-A story for the LGBTQ community has always been one about a company specifically supporting efforts that harm our community, not about a private citizen’s personal opinions.
New Hampshire Pride responded with:
Sometimes it gets forgotten that the best way to win friends and influence people is not to act like big jerks around others.