High School takes a stance and said no to free Chick-Fil-A out of respect for LGBTQ staff
New Orleans, LA
A high school in Louisiana has turned down a free lunch offered to teachers from Chick-fil-A due to the company's stance on the LGBTQ community.
Lusher High School's principal, Dr. Steven Corbett, Chick-fil-A's vaues do not align with the school's.
"Out of respect to our LGBTQ staff, we have chosen to not serve Chick-Fil-A at an employee lunch. The #1 rule at Lusher is to 'Be Kind' and we live this motto every day," Corbett told WWL-TV. "Chick-Fil-A has been politically outspoken about its views, and we feel it is not part of Lusher’s culture of kindness and community.”
The meal was being provided by the College Football Playoff Foundation. The organization will instead bring the teachers food from another restaurant.
In 2017, Chick-fil-A donated $1.8 million to groups that discriminate against the LGBTQ community, according to a report from ThinkProgress.
The website points to the Chick-fil-A Foundation's 2017 tax filings, which list donations to three groups, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Paul Anderson Youth Home, and The Salvation Army. ThinkProgress has accused them of being anti-LGBTQ.
$1,653,416 was donated to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, $6,000 to the Paul Anderson
Youth Home, and $150,000 to the Salvation Army. ThinkProgress says the foundation's funding comes almost entirely from Chick-fil-A, and shares leadership with the company.
Chick-fil-A has listed the donations on its website, and noted that the company's foundation "no longer supports" the Paul Anderson Youth Home as of June 2017.