Political Chicken: What Queer Chefs Say About Chick-fil-A

Do food and politics mix? Five chef-entrepreneurs sound off.

BY Sunnivie Brydum

October 16 2012 4:00 AM ET

Candace Walsh:

"I actually made this really snarky comment on Facebook, about people have to be eating in an attempt to undermine gay rights, but at least it’s unhealthy and they'll get sick.... I was posting about Chick-fil-A on Facebook and this person got offended, looked me up, found out who my boss was, and sent it to him. My boss was like, 'This is your personal life, I don’t want to know about it,' in a good way. But wow, this Chick-fil-A thing could’ve gotten me fired, if I had a different boss. And that is violent. I feel skittish even talking about it, but I feel like it’s important talking about it, because it made me self-conscious in a way that made me kind of sad.... We live in interesting times. It can be a political act to eat from the farmers’ market. It can be a political act to boycott Chick-fil-A. I hope that there are more opportunities to make positive food choices, not just personally but societally."

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