NSU’s partnership with Chick-fil-A is a slap in the face to LGBTQ+ students

By Elliot Davis.

NSU’s decision to reach out to Chick-fil-A and invite them to bring a location on campus is by no means surprising, but it is disappointing. The restaurant’s history of supporting anti-LGBTQ+ organizations is well known. The controversy surrounding it is far from dead and buried.

Though they’ve tried to back off from their anti-marriage equality stance since 2012, the company’s tax-exempt foundation has continued to donate millions of dollars to anti-queer organizations.

And though the company has promised to “treat every person with honor, dignity and respect–regardless of their beliefs, race, creed, sexual orientation and gender,” this message is nothing more than empty words. The company has refused to back them up with any kind of non-discrimination policy that includes LGBTQ+ individuals, receiving a score of 0 from the Human Rights Campaign for their lack of LGBTQ+-inclusive policies.

Entering into a business relationship with a company that continues to undermine the goal of queer equality demonstrates where NSU’s priorities lie. It certainly isn’t with the well-being of their queer students and staff members.

The university made no attempt to reach out to us or to hear the concerns of our community when they made the decision as to which restaurant they wanted to bring on campus. Last year saw other universities stand with their marginalized students and reject Chick-fil-A as their retail partner, making NSU’s decision to do the very opposite all the more striking.

Louisiana continues to be a battleground for LGBTQ+ rights. Queer people can be and are fired just for being queer; in only two cities, not including Natchitoches, are we a protected class.

In 2017, the Louisiana Senate voted down legislation that would have extended the already-existing ban on workplace discrimination to include discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Just last year, the Louisiana Supreme Court nullified an executive order that had banned companies contracting with the state from discriminating against queer employees.

In a political climate where our human rights are constantly under attack, NSU’s failure to support us in that battle does not go unnoticed by those of us it affects. The partnership with Chick-fil-A is just another slap in the face.

Elliot Davis is Vice President of PRIDE at NSU.

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15 Comments

  1. As a member of the LGBQT community, I find this article to be ignorant. I personally still eat at CFA because I enjoy the food. It’s just a business and I know how to separate my feelings from a situation. Also have no problems with CFA supporting churches, I think that is great. Life should be about spreading love, not hate. The writer of this article lacks maturity and should maybe take a stance in something that will make a difference.

  2. It seems to me that the LGBTQ community does more to spread hate and intolerance than it promotes acceptance of letting one lead the life one chooses as long as it doesn’t negatively affect others. Keep up this unfair attack on people and establishments only gives rise to intolerance of your unfair behavior.

  3. Y’all are the ones throwing a fit here in the comments. No one cares about what you believe, we care about your actions and having a safe learning environment. This is a well-written article that provided several facts to back up their opinion and give insight to the bretrayal NSU’s LGBTQ+ students feel. It was posted in the proper forum–the opinion section. The hypocrisy of preaching tolerance and respect for your religious beliefs, when you immediately start foaming at the mouth and going on the attack when you see anything that you disagree with is laughable.

    Elliot, thank you for being brave enough to write and publish this in spite of the intolerant, headache-causing backlash. Please keep using your voice to speak up for those of us who have lost theirs. We appreciate you.

  4. They still serve anyone who is LGBTQ so I dont get why or how this article is even relevant. You people on the NSU press need to get your act together and quit crying over every little thing. The world is the shitstorm it is because of people like you. This is as #fakenews as it gets. Stop playing the pity card, if it’s a problem do something about it. Sorry to be the messenger but if you keep this attitude after college the real world will swallow you whole. Grow some skin, grow a pair and grow up.

  5. I would say grow a pair, but you would probably cut them off anyways.

  6. I am a member of the lgbt community and honestly this is a horrible article. Never has a member of the community been denied service there and I know plenty of people who work there and are a part of the community. The community as a whole needs to grow up and quit acting like we are owed something. Stuff like this is why people vote for trump who I support.

  7. The only reason the LGBT community thinks ill of Chic-fil-a is because the MSM put a label on them saying that they donate to anti-LBGT organizations, when in reality they were just donating money to local Christian churches and other Christian charities. When they see anything Christian, they automatically associate that with hating LGBTs. Everything is so backwards and twisted. They confuse love for hate, and call hate righteousness. Its takes love to show someone the way to redemption. If you saw a child about to fall in a fire would you let them, or try to save them? We as Christians see the fire that people are falling into. What kind of person would we be if we just let them?

  8. Who cares why promote lgbqt when it is a slap in the face to tolerate immoral and wrong sin is sin gay is not acceptable periid

  9. This is absolutely absurd.

  10. As a student pursuing a degree in the hospitality field I find this article to be very one sided. As a Christian we are called to love one another. And Chick-fil-A is a Christian based company. I could understand the author of this article being upset if his/her business was turned down, but Chick-fil-A Corporation is like any other in that it has a unique company culture that is specific to the Christian population. I understand that the world is moving forward towards being more progressive, but just because the world is progressing towards being more open to the LGBTQ+ community does not mean that everybody has to agree with that culture. There are many companies and organizations that have company culture and beliefs that are in line with the LGBTQ+ community and Chick-fil-A just happens to be one, partnered with NSU, that doesn’t have the same values and beliefs that the LGBTQ+ community does.

    If you are not in line with the same beliefs as the Chick-fil-A company, we live in a country where you get to choose where you work and where you eat and spend your time. You don’t have to work for Chick-fil-A and you don’t have to spend your time or money there. But I find it unfair to pin this as a step in the wrong direction for NSU simply because their beliefs don’t align with yours.

  11. All of you commenters angry about this OPINION article are more than welcome to write your own opinion article and submit it to the sauce instead of hiding in the comments section 🙂

  12. Wow just something else for the gays to pitch a fit about…. honestly no one said y’all couldn’t or have to eat at Chick-fil-A just because they don’t support your ways…. Not everyone has to agree with your decision to do what is clearly written as an abomination!!! It’s absolutely ridiculous that the “LGBTQ+” community thinks they have to have a say in every decision just because they get their feelings hurt like toddlers!!

  13. This is a restaurant that NSU and the people of Natchitoches want. If the LGBT people don’t like this place then don’t eat here, it’s really that simple. This restaurant is Christian based and I promise you, we need more places like this.

  14. Ok so if you don’t believe the same things as LGBTQ+ people, then you get labeled an organization of hate?

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