KY Gays Plan McD’s Protest


A Kentucky McDonald’s will be getting some very special – and angry – guests today.

Activists down in Louisville announced today that they plan on protesting two employees’ anti-gay actions this summer.

From the press release:

In July, five visitors were waiting for their food to be prepared at McDonald’s when an employee behind the counter referred to them as “faggots” to another employee. The visitors asked to speak with a manager. As they waited for the supervisor on duty, the employee who had called them “faggots” started arguing with them, repeatedly calling them “faggots” in front of other customers and calling one of them a “cocksucker” and “bitch.”

The supervisor on duty refused to refund the group’s purchase, and all attempts to solve the issue with McDonald’s managers and corporate offices have been ignored.

That incident no doubt pleases the American Family Association, which yesterday claimed victory in their own protest against McDonald’s, whom they accused of being in cahoots with the queers.

Full release after the jump…

What: ACLU of Kentucky, Fairness Campaign, UofL’s commonGround, Lambda Law Caucus, Office of LGBT Services and community members will gather this Friday to protest anti-gay discrimination by employees of a downtown Louisville McDonald’s restaurant.

Who: Ryan Marlatt and Teddy Eggers, two Indianapolis residents who were called “faggots” and other anti-gay slurs by a McDonald’s employee; Becca O’Neill, Lambda Law Caucus; Michael Aldridge, Executive Director, ACLU of Kentucky; Jeff Rodgers, Co-coordinator, Fairness Campaign; and other members of the LGBT community.

Where: McDonald’s, 420 E. Market St., downtown Louisville between Preston & Jackson Streets

When: 12 p.m., Friday, October 10, 2008

Why: In July, five visitors were waiting for their food to be prepared at McDonald’s when an employee behind the counter referred to them as “faggots” to another employee. The visitors asked to speak with a manager. As they waited for the supervisor on duty, the employee who had called them “faggots” started arguing with them, repeatedly calling them “faggots” in front of other customers and calling one of them a “cocksucker” and “bitch.” The supervisor on duty refused to refund the group’s purchase, and all attempts to solve the issue with McDonald’s managers and corporate offices have been ignored. A complaint has been filed with the Louisville Human Relations Commission.

We must take action to raise awareness that anti-gay discrimination continues and must be challenged. This incident further illustrates why Kentucky needs a statewide Fairness law.