LGBTQ advocates and allies in Toronto spent their Friday morning telling a certain controversial fried chicken chain restaurant to “cluck off.”
Chick-fil-A opened its first international retail location in Canada last Friday, September 6, and as Dished Toronto reports, it was not a quiet affair. Protestors demonstrated outside the building on Toronto’s Bloor Street East, holding Pride flags, mock-ups of the Chick-fil-A insignia, and signs denouncing the chain’s notoriously homophobic and transphobic history.
A few even showed up in full drag.
“No chicken is worth my life,” one protestor shrouded in a rainbow flag told Canada’s CTV News. “No chicken is worth my dignity.”
The protest was led by the 519 and Liberation T.O., two local LGBTQ advocacy groups. “It is time for hate and discrimination to #CluckOff,” organizers wrote on an event page for the demonstration, citing a short list of Chick-fil-A’s recent anti-LGBTQ actions.
As NewNowNext has previously reported, the Atlanta-based fried chicken chain is now infamous for its controversies surrounding the queer community. Its conservative, anti-marriage equality owners reportedly donated some $1.8 million in 2017 to three religious groups with histories of anti-LGBTQ policies.
Protesters at Chick-Fil-A say the chain doesn’t belong in Canada pic.twitter.com/4b0LYM2Z77
— Meagan Fitzpatrick (@fitz_meagan) September 6, 2019
It’s not the first time a new Chick-fil-A location has spurred outrage, either. Last November, administrators at Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, took a stand against the chain coming to campus despite students voting in favor of adding a Chick-fil-A to a campus dining hall. In an email sent to students and faculty, administrators at Rider University chalked the decision up to “the company’s record widely perceived to be in opposition to the LGBTQ+ community.”
Advocates and allies in Pittsburgh also rebuked the anti-LGBTQ franchise, urging the city’s annual Kids Marathon to drop Chick-fil-A as a corporate sponsor last October.
We don’t know about you, but we’ll be heading elsewhere to fulfill our Southern food needs. A little birdie even told us that Popeyes, one of Chick-fil-A’s chief competitors, will soon be making its homophobia-free fried chicken sandwich a permanent fixture on its menu.