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.”