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

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

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Art Smith:

"I'm going to build my own version [of fried chicken] that's going to be kinder — organic, small farms, etc. You see how they give millions of dollars to groups who harass the LGBT community? I'm going to give that and more... to promote equality."

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Yigit Pura:

"One part of me says, 'kudos to you.' At least they didn't back down about the fact that they're ignorant. And when people confronted them about it, they said yeah, we really are that bigoted and we really don't like gay people and we don't want to have anything to do with them. I sort of personally appreciate people or companies or policies who are that blatantly clear in their personal ethics. Because then that really sets a tone of like, 'we don't want to have anything to do with you.' And then I think it's up to our community, and people who are behind our community to say, 'You know what? We don't want to support this business.'

"[Chik-fil-A's antigay donations] make my stomach turn, and I think it's absolutely horrendous and I think it's really stupid business. But if that's their choice, that's their choice.”

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Susan Feniger:

"I absolutely mix politics and business. I take it as my responsibility. I think it's absolutely critical. Every HR person tells you not to do that as a business owner, but I can't help myself. I'm going to give my opinion about who I am, and I'm going to talk about it whenever I can, because I think it's important to make strong statements. I want the 400 kids that work for us to understand a bit more. They can make their own choice, but I'm going to do what I can to educate them about what I think is the right thing."

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