11.27.19 Central Florida Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Jeremy Williams
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As singer Andy Williams (no relation) stated in 1963 — and nearly every other singer and musician since then — “it’s the most wonderful time of the year!”

That’s right, it’s the holiday season, and this Central Florida Bureau Chief’s Desk publishes the day before Thanksgiving and my next one, the final one of 2019, will be out the day after Christmas. So this is my final opportunity to let you all know what I want for Christmas this year.

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Chick-fil-A to stop donating to anti-LGBTQ organizations

By : Lora Korpar
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ABOVE: A Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich (from Wikimedia Commons)

Fast food restaurant Chick-fil-A has announced that its charitable foundation will no longer be donating to the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes — organizations known for having anti-LGBTQ views.

The Chick-fil-A Foundation will focus on solving problems of hunger, homelessness and education by giving to organizations such as Junior Achievement USA, Covenant House International and local food banks in over 120 communities.

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Protest at Chick-fil-A opening in Canada over LGBTQ issues

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ABOVE: Protesters at Toronto’s Chick-fil-A Sept. 6. Photo via Meagan Fitzpatrick, Twitter.

TORONTO (AP) | Dozens of protesters crowded a downtown Toronto sidewalk Friday to voice their opposition to the opening of the first franchised Chick-fil-A restaurant in Canada over the chain owner’s record on LGBTQ issues.

The protesters said the company has funded anti-LGBTQ initiatives while company chairman and CEO Dan Cathy has voiced his opposition to same-sex marriage.

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Rhode Island baseball team criticized for Sean Spicer throwing out pitch, offering free Chick-fil-A on Pride Night

By : Wire Report
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PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) | A decision to have President Trump’s former communications director Sean Spicer throw out the first pitch at a Rhode Island minor league baseball game on “Pride Night at the Ballpark” is getting pushback.

Some fans said on Twitter they felt Spicer’s appearance at the Pawtucket Red Sox game July 19 was an insult to the LGBTQ community, given Trump’s policies.

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‘Chick-fil-A’ bill reignites LGBTQ opposition in Texas

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) | Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signaled he will sign legislation that Republicans say is a defense of Chick-fil-A and religious freedom, but gay lawmakers sometimes tearfully railed against it on the House floor as a license to discriminate.

The bill, given final approval May 21 in the Texas House, was fast-tracked in the GOP-controlled Legislature in response to the San Antonio City Council stopping Chick-fil-A from opening a location in the airport of the nation’s seventh-largest city.

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Montana Republican invites Chick-fil-A after LGBTQ flap

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) | A Republican candidate for Montana governor is looking to take a fast-food chicken restaurant chain under his wing after the owners’ anti-gay rights stance cost it new locations in Texas and New York state.

Attorney General Tim Fox sent a letter on April 22 inviting Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy to open more restaurants in Montana. Fox’s letter is in response to recent reports that San Antonio and Buffalo city leaders excluded the restaurant from opening locations in their airports because of its funding of anti-LGBTQ organizations.

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Chick-fil-A donated $1.8 million to anti-LGBTQ groups in 2017

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Chick-fil-A, the fast-food chain specializing in chicken, donated $1.8 million to groups with a history of anti-LGBTQ discrimination in 2017.

In tax filings obtained by Think Progress, Chick-fil-A reportedly donated $1,653,416 to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which requires its employees to sign a policy that they will maintain “sexual purity” and not engage in “homosexual acts.” The fast-food chain also donated $6,000 to the Paul Anderson Youth Home, a Christian residential home for troubled youth that teaches that same-sex marriage is “rage against Jesus Christ and His values;” and $150,000 to the Salvation Army which is notoriously anti-LGBTQ.

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Dean resigns over school’s choice to not allow Chick-Fil-A

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LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. (AP) | A dean at a New Jersey university resigned saying the school’s decision to not consider bringing Chick-fil-A to campus because of its opposition to the LGBT community made her feel “like I had been punched in the stomach.”

Cynthia Newman, former dean of Rider University’s College of Business Administration, said her views as a “very committed Christian” and the fast food chain’s views “mirror” one another.

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School blocks Chick-fil-A as dining option, cites values

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LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) | Students at a private university in New Jersey can eat more chicken as long as it’s not Chick-fil-A.

Rider University removed the restaurant from a survey of dining options “based on the company’s record widely perceived to be in opposition to the LGBTQ community.” The fast-food chain was included in previous surveys.

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McDonald’s appears to dig at Chick-fil-A with ‘We Welcome Everyone’ sign

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A McDonald’s located in Glastonbury, Connecticut seemed to be making a statement to a nearby Chick-fil-A when it put up a “We Welcome Everyone” sign.

According to NBC Connecticut, a Chick-fil-A will open next door to the McDonald’s location today. The sign has been up for about three weeks and some people believe it was a message to the notoriously anti-LGBT franchise.

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Donald Trump Jr. scoffs LGBT college students ‘triggered’ by Chick-fil-A

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Donald Trump Jr. dismissed LGBT college students’ concerns over a Chik-fil-A coming to their campus in a tweet on Thursday.

Trump Jr. retweeted a Daily Caller article about Duquesne University students who were worried about the addition of a Chik-fil-A location on their campus.

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Many big restaurant chains give dirty money to right-wing, reactionary causes, We show you the places to eat hate-free!

By : Holly V. Kapherr
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Early last year, I found myself on a yacht off the coast of Isla Mujeres with a group of older adults far beyond my own socio-economic status.

The presidential primaries were ramping up and our evening was winding down – champagne had flowed freely and words came easier than they should have. One woman explained her voting strategy this way, no nuance, an open and shut case: “I vote with my wallet.”

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