Kind of saw this one coming, didn’t we?
Conservative chicken chain Chick-Fil-A has an established history of donations to lobbying groups that oppose LGBT+ rights. On Monday, they signalled that they finally planned to end donations to charities that discriminate against LGBT+ people. Social media tepidly rejoiced, having been down this road with them before and been let down when they failed to follow through with their promises. And, lo and behold, the company now appears to have backtracked after a backlash from anti-LGBT conservatives and Republicans.
via Pink News:
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.”
In other words, they got a boatload of great press from LGBTQ organizations when they said they would stop, only to quietly reverse themselves and then went on to get great press from anti-LGBTQ organization. So they had it both ways. Greeeeeeeeeat.