In order for gays and lesbians to feel comfortable traveling, airports must rid their food courts of Chick-fil-A. The poultry-serving giant has been at the center of plenty of controversy after the owner made anti-gay remarks when asked about same-sex marriage. This, quickly prompted thousands of gays and lesbian to boycott the chain and college students around the country are rallying to rid their campuses of Chick-fil-A. Supporting a company with hateful discriminatory convictions is wrong. Now, it has come to our attention that plenty of airports around the country also have Chick-fil-A within their terminals. Philadelphia, Atlanta, Minneapolis-St. Paul (the first full-scale Chick-fil-A in the state), and Orlando all have the restaurant. One of our readers who frequently travels through Atlanta’s airport wrote that seeing the fast-food chain was a “slap in the face,” and we have to agree.
Check out the letter that our reader wrote to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport after the jump…
I am deeply concerned with the new prominence that Chick-fil-A has gained in the Atlanta Airport with its new retail outlets.
I have always been very proud of Atlanta’s civil rights history. I truly enjoy the Atlanta history exhibit between concourses B and C – which emphasizes Atlanta’s struggle and leadership with civil rights. Then, to allow Chick-fil-A into the airport is a punch in the face to Atlanta’s civil rights history and to gay and lesbian travelers who frequent your airport.
Would you allow a company in your airport that prominently worked against civil rights for women, African Americans, people of the Jewish faith, or any other minority group? So why have you developed a partnership with a business that is proud to actively work against the civil and rights and equality of gays and lesbians?
The presence of Chick-fil-A in the Atlanta Airport sends a very negative message about the values of Atlanta. It is incongruent with Atlanta’s leadership on civil rights issues. And for me, seeing Chick-fil-A in the airport each week as I travel through twice a week is the equivalent of seeing the Confederate flag or a white supremacist symbol proudly displayed in the airport.
It’s time the airport end its association with Chick-fil-A.”
I have also contacted people at IGLTA, the heads of two gay travel companies, Delta airlines (from whom Atlanta is the main hub), and many gay and straight supporters alike to encourage them to talk with Mayor Reed and airport officials to bring some understanding about how the decision to partner with a company such a Chick-fil-A is a damaging decision on many fronts.
Thanks for considering the request to help out on this.