Chick-fil-A continues to be one of the most profitable fast-food chains in America because many people (queer and straight) continue to eat there despite the Christian owned company’s ongoing donations to anti-LGBTQ organizations.
However, one group has thought up a way that Chick-fil-A customers can make “reparations” to the queer community for continuing to eat at the restaurant: donating money to an LGBTQ scholarship fund.
NewNowNext reports that the Florida-based non-profit, The Dru Project — a group named in honor of Christopher Andrew Leinonen, one of the victims killed in the 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting — has “given away over $30,000 in college scholarships [and] $5,000 in mini-grants for gay-straight alliances.”
The Dru Project recently posted on Facebook about how Chick-Fil-A customers can pay the queer community back for continuing to patronize a business with anti-LGBTQ ties:
We have gotten promises for donations by friends of The Dru Project who may have slipped and gotten waffle fries, lemonade or a chicken sandwich from Chick-Fil-A.
As you may be aware, this company has repeatedly donated to foundations working against the LGBTQ+ community.
If you want to make reparations for this, we are happily accepting confessions & donations below. Turn that waffle fry guilt into curricula or scholarships for LGBTQ+ youth!
At the bottom of The Dru Project’s Facebook post, they added a link where people can donate.
In short, if you’re still giving your money to Chick-fil-A, you should turn around and give the same amount to aspiring LGBTQ students. No, it won’t undo Chick-fil-A’s anti-LGBTQ giving, but it’ll at least help out some students who need it most.
Here’s a video detailing some of the work The Dru Project does:
Chick-fil-A publicly opposed same-sex marriage and donated millions to anti-LGBTQ groups before claiming in 2012 that it had “ceased donating to organizations that promote discrimination, specifically against LGBT civil rights.” Subsequent tax returns have shown that they’ve continued to make such donations annually since 2012.
Chick-fil-A has a rating of zero in the Human Rights Campaign’s Buyers Guide over its lack of LGBTQ-inclusive workplace policies.