Chick-fil-a and Pride? Yes
Come Out with Pride has announced a partnership with Chick-Fil-A yes you read that right. Chick-Fil-A hasn’t had the best standing relationship with the LGBT community since their CEO, Dan Cathy, came out against marriage equality and mixed business with his ultra-conservative and religious views. The move caused emotional indigestion for many who enjoyed the chicken and those waffle fries and the corporation’s stance lead to a countrywide boycott that still stands today. This spring, Cathy said he regretted getting involved in the debate. Although this partnership may come to a surprise for many, this is just chicken-scratching the surface. Mikael Audebert recently posted the announcement on his Facebook page. “Chick-Fil-A local area Marketing Director agreed to support Come Out With Pride Orlando, openly and unconditionally, by providing meals for volunteers and added value to VIP guests.” He went on to say that he will have a sit down with the leadership and executive team in late October. It’s a good thing Come Out with Pride remains on Saturday and hasn’t reverted back to Sundays!
Flying high this October will be the (in)famous rainbow flags which have flown around the Come Out With Pride parade route. The “diversity flags” have flown consistently each year for nearly a decade, but gained national attention in 1998 when Pat Robertson threatened divine intervention. The televangelist’s crusade led to the flags only flying in restricted parts of the city. But in 2014, things have changed. Come Out With Pride now flies the flags all the way around Lake Eola.
Community organizing gets overhaul
The MBA of Orlando and The GLBT Center have announced the creation of The TEAM EQUAL Community Calendar, which is part of the groups’ 2nd phase of the organization. Team Equal is coordination of non-profit LGBT and allied groups working together, much like a modern day Justice League. These do-gooders created the event calendar to allow for proper planning of events and fundraisers while avoiding stepping on each other’s toes. What this means for the general public, or philanthropic socialites, is that we now have a resource to plan our social calendars accordingly. The calendar promises schedules to be listed months to even years in advance for annual events. Check out EventCalendarOrlando.com to plan your year.
Getting Wanzie wet
Michael Wanzie, Blue Star and friends have accepted an ALS Ice Bucket challenge that has already raised over $1k for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosi research. The disease, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, has gained national exposure thanks to a social media campaign where folks nominate others to dump ice water on themselves or donate a lot of cash. Many have chosen to do both. The social media craze has been going non-stop for several weeks but you can watch it live as Wanzie and friends will get drenched in freezing water Aug. 30 poolside at the Parliament House Resort. Pledges can be made at Wanzie’s Facebook page.