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Kiss-in at the New Chick-fil-A? Maybe Not.

I was driving through my neighborhood over the weekend and I saw that the nearby Denny’s that closed down recently is going to be turned into a Chick-fil-A. I wasn’t surprised to see that the Denny’s closed given how popular the nearby “Gay Denny’s” is.

My initial response was “Eeeewwww.”

I’m not a big fan of fast food so I’m not happy that we’re getting another fast food place in the area, but I was really unhappy about the prospect getting a company with a homophobic reputation in my neighborhood. I wished there was some type of protest we could do to keep them from coming, but given the extent of the construction so far, I don’t think that’s going to happen.

Jamie & Lisa at the Chick-fil-A Kiss-In

Jamie & Lisa at the Chick-fil-A Kiss-In

My next thought was I think I have an obligation to kiss a girl on the new Chick-fil-A’s property when they open. I posted it on my Facebook page, and a friend suggested I play “I Kissed A Girl” on a boom box while I’m doing it. I thought that was pretty awesome, and probably more appropriate for an all-ages audience than the equally awesome “It Gets Better” by Rebecca Drysdale.

I was starting to think having a kiss-in to protest the new Chick-fil-A at 16th Street and Camelback in Phoenix is a really good idea. One of my reporter friends even said she wanted to cover it. I was starting to get kind of excited about this idea when my friend sent me a link to an article that said Chick-fil-A has stopped supporting anti-gay organizations. Wow – they did a really bad job of letting people know that they changed their affiliations.

So maybe we don’t need to have a kiss-in at the new Chick-fil-A. I still don’t support them opening a store in my neighborhood because they either are homophobic and don’t want to broadcast it or they didn’t do their research when they decided where to donate their money.

I’m sure we can find another cause to protest if we need another reason to have a kiss-in.

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4 Comments

  1. Zack says:

    I’m gay and I eat at Chick fil a all the time. People are too sensitive! It’s just good chicken to eat! Do you care what McDonald’s has to say about social issues when you’re ordering a big mac? No! If you do, then you shouldn’t care. The only thing that should impact whether or not you eat somewhere is if you like the food.

    1. Ruth Carter says:

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts Zack. I think you’re right that sometimes perspective is in order; however, I’m also a big believer in voting with your wallet. If you disapprove of a company’s actions or policies, don’t shop there.

  2. Bradley Coslett says:

    I live at 16th and Camelback @ Biltmore Square Condos. Were going to find out who the franchise owner is before we plan action against the establishment. Of course we will reach out and try to find out the attitude first. I have nothing to do but protest if its whats needed since I’m an educated kept man. My President of the board and another large owner that are my best friends here are gay as many of other owners and renters here are. This is a gay area and the franchise owner should be aware of this. EQUALITY FOR ALL!!

    1. Ruth Carter says:

      That sounds like a great plan!