Northeastern Student Government Nixes Plan To Invite Anti-Gay Chick-fil-A On Campus

The Student Government Association at Northeastern University has voted, 31-5, to cancel a plan that would invite anti-gay chicken chain Chick-fil-A to its Student Center, according to Edge Boston.

Good job, you Boston college kids, on prioritizing the LGBT cause over some very tasty chicken—certain food writers can’t seem to understand the basic ethics of this situation, but you guys are definitely acing Philosophy 101.

Chick-fil-A’s “charitable” arm, the WinShape Foundation, has a history of sizable donations to anti-gay organizations, like Focus on the Family and Exodus International, including over $2 million in 2009.

“It is the Sense of the Senate that the undergraduate student body supports Chick-fil-A on the basis of its food alone,” said the SGA, “but more strongly supports the principle of people over products, and out of respect for the values of the Northeastern community, does not support the addition of Chick-fil-A as an on-campus vendor.”

In addition to the homophobic WinShape Foundation, gay employees are regularly harassed and prospective hires are asked about marital status and church affiliation. And once you let Chick-fil-A on-campus, it never leaves: students at NYU have been trying to get the greasy joint with unsavory values kicked off campus for years.

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  • xamthor

    Good for them. It that’s how Chick-fil-A wants to do business. Then we can decide if we want to give them any business.

  • MKe

    Ugh that picture reminds me.. that its been really hard to give up Chicfila over the last year or so.

  • Nick

    Tasty? More like tasteless.

  • Curtis


    The East Coast needs In n’ Out Burger..

  • Curtis

    Actually I think In n Out is owned by Christians too! :(
    talk about a guilty pleasure.

  • Shannon1981

    I thought it was illegal to discriminate based upon religion when being hired?

  • cwm

    @Shannon1981: in my state (one of which where Chick-fil-A operates), it is illegal. but it’s difficult to prove.

    hard enough–when you’ve just been fired, and need to look for employment–to muster the time and expense necessary for a david v. goliath lawsuit.

    problem w/hiring discrimination suits? nothing to build a suit upon, when you’ve had so few interactions with the business in question. almost impossible except as a class action. unless the employer is extremely helpful in providing evidence.

  • Alex

    These colleges add up. They will start seeing big losses unless they turn themselves around. The only time i ever eat chick fil a is when i get free food at events which they often do. it is like eating on their buck and giving back to the LGBT community.

  • Johnna

    I am an employee of chick fil a and I am also a out lesbian…I have never in my 6 years of working for the company have ever seen any discrimination of any gay employee. I have went to conferences that they often hold and have seen other out individuals there that are also employees.

  • LittleKiwi

    Johnna, Urban Outfitters also hires hip-young-and-gay people to work in its stores. then donates to anti-gay causes.

    it doesn’t mean they’re not discriminating against you, they’re just doing it more subversively

  • Anielin

    I just plain don’t like the taste of their chicken. When they opened one next to the walmart I was working at, they were giving away free sandwiches. I got one, and didn’t like it very much. I’m a chicken eater too, but not theirs. Haven’t eaten there since. The comment about the In-N-Out burger, whether they’re Christian or not, it’s still family owned. They probably won’t ever leave the west coast anyway. But
    Californian Christians are more tolerant to homosexuality than the Bible Belt Christians. lol.



  • Tom

    overly salted fried mechanically seperated chicken? No thanks.

  • Clueless

    Urban outfitters donates to anti-gay organisations ? ??1?1?1

  • takakupo

    @Johnna: Chick-Fil-A is a chain restaurant which means that it has the same corporate headquarters but a different owner at each branch. At your particular store, you could have a very LGBT friendly crowd. For instance, at the Chick-fil-a that my boyfriend and I frequent, they let our QSA do a fundraiser there one night and the employees are always really nice to us even though they know we’re a gay couple. We’ve never had any real, serious problems there.

    At other Chik-fil-a’s though, I’m sure there’s a lot of pressure to be “heteronormative” there and a good person of faith.

  • Professor Locs

    I am so pleased that the university looked into this food chain to determine if it met the direction and beliefs of the campus. Too often, we do not investigate our own beliefs and decisions to ensure they are congruent with the way we want to live our lives. My hat if off to Northeastern University!!

  • Stephen

    Good for them. FYI, McD and Hardee’s/Carl Jr’s has chicken biscuits. The McD by my work has it for a lousy $.99 for some reason. <3 it.

  • Shannon1981

    @Johnna: You’re a traitor, because you work for a place who, at the end of the day, gives millions to anti gay causes. End of story, despite the personal experience in your little store.

  • the crustybastard

    @Johnna: “I am an employee of chick fil a and…in my 6 years of working for the company have ever seen any discrimination of any gay employee…”

    I’ve never seen an okapi in the wild. That means they do not exist.


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