As bigots across America make a special trip to Chick-fil-A today, we were a little surprised to find out the company’s sole franchise in New Hampshire is co-sponsoring the Granite State’s 2012 Pride festival.
Anthony Picolia, the general manager of the Chick-fil-A in Pheasant Lane Mall near Nashua told LGBTQ Nation that he, like Dan Cathy, was standing up for what he believed in by supporting the August 11 celebration in Manchester:
“In both my personal and professional life, I have had and continue to have positive relationships with family, friends, customers and employees in the LGBT community. It would make me sad if someone felt that they were not openly welcomed into my life or restaurant based on their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender,”
Picolia said he treats all his customers and workers with “honor, dignity and respect” and regularly donates to a wide variety of causes. “I would challenge people to come have a conversation with me before they make assumptions or boycott my restaurant,” he wrote in a statement.
Anyone want to take a road trip to New Hampshire? We’re totally craving some waffle fries.