February 13, 2012 | by Phil Reese
NYC’s sole Chick-fil-A pressured over anti-gay connections

A bisexual New York University student has used a popular petition site to take on the only Chick-fil-A in New York City over the company’s connections to anti-gay groups.

New York City-based LGBT blogger Joe Jervis who curates the JoeMyGod blog first reported this morning that a petition to close the location aimed at the NYU administration had already amassed 4,000 signatures. This evening the Change.org petition started by NYU freshman Hillary Dworkoski had more than 4,500 signatures, nearly the same number of students enrolled as freshmen this year at the school of 43,404 undergraduates and graduate students.

LGBT groups have long grappled with the Georgia-based Chick-fil-A — which is a popular college campus dining spot — over its connections to anti-gay groups through its charitable arm, the WinShape Foundation, which has been connected to the National Organization for Marriage, among others.

“Out of all the schools I applied to, I picked NYU because I felt like I could truly fit in with the diverse and accepting campus community,” said Dworkoski. “I was disturbed to find out that not only was NYU supporting an extremely anti-gay company, but it was also home to New York City’s only Chick-fil-A restaurant. I knew I had to do something.”

“While Hillary may not be the first person to take on New York City’s only Chick-fil-A, I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s the last,” said Change.org Campaign Manager Mark Anthony Dingbaum. “With no budget and armed with only a laptop, Hillary has amassed a student-powered campaign of more than 4,000 people, and she’s showing no signs of stopping until Chick-fil-A is removed from campus. She’s one indefatigable freshman.”

 

7 Comments
  • Bigotry has no place at NYU!

  • I’m pro gay rights, but this is silly. Chick-fil-A is a private company and it’s owners can believe what they want. To me, this is just as bad as the recent One Million Moms campaign against Ellen.

    • She has the same right to voice her opinion. There is a big difference between hate, and acceptance. I hope the students take their money elsewhere. That is the what the million moms tried. It resulted in a backlash against them. I expect, this will go a bit differently. People overall are getting tired of bigotry and hate. The same bigotry and hate that led to many of my relatives being killed in Europe during the 30s and 40s.

    • Lauren-of course they can believe what they want to believe-but if they donated to the KKK, dont you think eveyrone should hear about it? This brave woman is making sure everyone knows that they are against millions fo people, that they are hateful, religiously backwards bigots that donate money people pay for chicken to anti-gay groups. It has got to stop. Same as million moms? Youre an idiot and obvuiously not gay-try a little empathy Lauren-bubblehead

  • Of course they have the right to believe whatever they wish. But I have the right not to give my business to a company that brags about using part of my money to fund these bigoted causes. The best way to close down the store is for people just not to spend money there.

  • You can believe anything you want in the great U.S. of A., but that right disappears when your beliefs turn into actions that hurt people! ‘Tis indeed ridiculous and has to stop — please sign MY petition to ensure that customers’ views are at least better represented:

    http://www.change.org/petitions/corporate-donation-transparency

    Thanks.

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