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Gay Employees Of Chick-Fil-A Speak Out! They're Caught In The Middle Of A Heated Public Debate

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And boy do they have some inneresting things to say. Some good, some bad, and some moments they describe are just AWFUL!

First of all, we realize that Chick-fil-A is a ginormous company with THOUSANDS of employees working at over a thousand locations in 39 states. So to be clear, we don't mean to direct any outrage over the company's anti-gay sentiments toward everybody who has ever collected a pay check from there.

That being said, there is still plenty of bigotry floating around franchise locations around the U.S. and now the employees facing the discrimination that the company supports are sharing their stories.

While Mike Huckabee dubbed August 1 as "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day", one gay employee is calling it "hater appreciation day" because lines of people opposed to the LGBT community are lining up out the door.

24-year-old Andrew, employed by a northern Alabama Chick-fil-A since January, has described what he's been seeing as "very, very depressing."

Franchise locations have become rallying points for supporters of intolerance and those protesting it. The problem is that employees — gay or straight, tolerant or intolerant — are receiving the hate on both sides of the debate.

Andrew says he felt comfortable in his workplace until Dan Cathy's comments spread like wildfire. He recalled that while helping a trucker unload a shipment of goods for the restaurant, the man confidentally told him:

"If I see one more f*ggot at a Chick-fil-A protesting, I'm going to be sick."

Ugh! That kind of intolerances makes US sick!

However, there is another kind of intolerance coming from those protesting on behalf of equality. Katie, an openly gay Chick-fil-A employee near in the New Orleans area, points out that people are wrongfully assuming that everybody associated with the fast food chain shares the owners' point of view. The working gal told sources:

"Now, anyone that works there is stuck with a stigma of being homophobic, even when many of us are far from it."

While handing out free samples, she has heard supporters of same-sex marriage say things like, "Don’t give me that hate sh*t," and "I hope you choke on that chicken."

Openly gay Gabriel Aguiniga, an 18-year-old employee of a location in Colorado, says the hardest part of this controversy is "constantly having people come up to you and say, 'I support your company, because your company hates the gays.'"

So it sounds like this situation may be getting out of hand. Fighting hate with more hate won't lead to any positive results. Protest the business, NOT the employees who are trying to make an honest living just like the rest of us.

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65 comments to “Gay Employees Of Chick-Fil-A Speak Out! They're Caught In The Middle Of A Heated Public Debate”

  1. 1

    ill stick to KFC the food is much better …

    the chic a fil guy is dead choked on his own chicken i beleive ..

    hatred begets hatred but the haters are living in a world that is not real fact is wanting to be married or marraige in general sucks and people dont want to admit how miserable they are witholding marraige from a sector of the community like its something great is a farce .. the married ones are divorcing so fast and suffering law suits and shovelling down antidepressants like its candy all the time saying NO U CANT MARRY

    what a fucking fucfest

  2. gigabiting says – reply to this


    Did you think Chick-fil-A was the only one?
    The List: Food Companies that Mix Business with Conservative Agendas

  3. 3

    ROFL … Perez, you're such a transparent twat. Business for CFA yesterday was through the roof. I saw it where I am, and others around the country were reporting the same thing. If the gays working at CFA hate it so much, let them get jobs at more homo friendly companies. Fast food jobs a dime a dozen. The fact is that your crusty panties are in a twist that CFA got so much support yesterday, so you're desperate to put anything up here that will give you an excuse to hate on the company even more. You know what? Your bullying won't work. You are a sickening, hypocritical, hater who thinks bullying is the answer and that it's okay to be a bully if you're a homo. Guess what? Every single person who ate at CFA yesterday thinks otherwise, and we out-number you. So you can rail here on your shitty little site, but as long as you're a hater bully, you're going to go nowhere fast. And THAT makes me smile because there isn't a fucking thing you can do about it, homo.

  4. 4

    Re: gigabiting – If there are companies that mix business with the liberal agenda, then the liberals can't whine when other companies choose to mix business with the conservative agenda. It's called freedom: Liberals need to familiarize themselves with the concept instead of turning into nazi bullies.

  5. 5

    Ha, why not mention how successful they were yesterday in the public's show of support for them. No matter how many times you, hollywood, and liberal politicians pound your chests and get your panties in a wad, it is clear that we will not be strong armed into a perceived cause. Man the fuck up, chicken is here to stay bitches.

  6. 6

    You openly HELP groups for good PR… That's it. Picking on a small groups DETERS business. Their stance might be great for these one or two day rallies by people on the news in line openly showing hatred for minority populations, but my staying away EVERY DAY and my kids doing the same will make a bigger statement longterm. I will forever have the image in my head of McDonalds supporting the Olympics and cickifila stirring up hatred against gays and their families. Sad.

  7. 7

    I guess people like you Perez shouldn't have blown the story up for your own personl and hateful reasons huh? Now your fellow peers are feeling the heat. Most of this story sounds like a bunch of bs. I went to chick filet, I waited 30 min in a peaceful line, no hate was presented.
    I can believe in traditional marriage while still not disrespecting anyone else views. If we could all be like that, instead of assuming we are all suppose to be robots. I believe the bible, and the bible does not teach hate. I hate no one

    Goes all back to that saying:
    I may not agree with what you are saying but I will defend your RIGHT to say it.

  8. Nice Try says – reply to this


    Stop equating not supporting a position as being hateful. You think that redefining a term somehow changes reality. The guy closes his restaurant on Sundays which means forgoing a lot of income also. You want people to start quoting the ignorant things that people who support the other side says? I'm pretty sure there are nuts on both sides but trying to make it so that it's the norm is silly and transparent and desperate.

  9. 9

    Like you are helping at all. Every time you say what happened you stretch the story out more. You went from saying the guy didn't approve of gay marriage to saying he hates the gay community. I don't agree with them at all, but i don't approve of the way you are handling yourself either.

  10. Deb says – reply to this


    Perez, I'm still waiting for you to post what REALLY happened yesterday. Why don't you tell your readers of the unprecedented support for Chick Fil A yesterday?? Why not post some photos of the throngs of people outside CFAs, all across the country? The stories of generosity, of patrons buying meals for each other? I tried to eat at a Chick Fil A in SoCal yesterday and couldn't even get near the restaurant there were so many people. I was surprised there wasn't a cop directing traffic, it was so busy! This is a Freedom of Speech/Freedom of Religion issue and from what I observed, the American public spoke loud and clear as to their support of Chick Fil A!

  11. perez=desperate says – reply to this


    If the "conservative agenda" means being actively against equality and civil rights, then no it's not the same thing because the companies with the "liberal agenda" are not doing that. You get that?
    I'm no fan of the gay people shoving their gayness down my throat, but then gay people probably feel the same about heteros. You think it's just God's will (or insert whatever idiocy here) that heteros are normal and superior and so have the right to discriminate against others right? Well, not too long ago people just like you (probably you're mama and your daddy) said the same thing about white people and everyone else. The companies with 'conservative agendas" back then were refusing to serve and employ black people. And you know how that worked out (you do right? you can never be too sure with the likes of you?)
    So, it's inevitable. Gay marriage will be legal in all states in a few years. Haters are gonna make a fuss and they will have to shut the fuck up and bite it. You included. Maybe you can choke on your fucking chickafila or whatever the fuck it is while you spew your trolling hate. I don't see you're good for much else.
    Anyway, what an awful position this company has put it's employees in. They should be protected from hate speech at work (at least they are in most other places) - I'm assuming there are harassment laws and such. But, they need their jobs that's why the work in this shithole I suppose. Someone needs to take this shit up.

  12. 12

    I personally love chickfila's food and I will continue to go when I desire but yesterday was past ridiculous. I am a Christian but in the small town I live in, all 3 of our chickfila's had a 3 hour wait for people just to get fast food, absurd. If people would flock like that to help those in need like they did at a fast food restaurant to show that they are "Christian" the world would be a better place. I personally didn't see contributing to a fast food chain that profits so much already a worthy cause. Not only that but people just going for show and rubbing in as hate. I have friends that were hurt by the situation. With that said, I may go this weekend when I only have to wait a couple of minutes for food.

  13. Just_Sayin says – reply to this


    So I would just like to say that web sites like this perpetuated the hate on hate that you are now saying is not good. By openly attacking a private company because of the man in charges personal views that were made public in an interview YOU have planted the seed that the LGBT community has no tolerance for those who do not support THEM.
    I am openly gay and intend to not only continue to eat at chick fil a because I like there chicken… but I also plan on moving forward with the mentality that I have close friends I don’t agree with, but they are still friends. Now I have a favorite eating place that I do not agree with, but I will continue eating nuggets! Do not act shocked that this is turning into a hate vs. hate when it is our community that made this into a big deal!

  14. 14

    ""ighting hate with more hate"" No you are fighting one mans opinion with hate.

  15. 15


  16. WillowWynde says – reply to this


    Like I said in another post - Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs, even histrionic buffoons like yourself. It must burn knowing your anti-free speech agenda and anti-free speech bashing resulted in Chick-fil-a having record breaking and historic sales yesterday. Oh, but you'll just probably twist people supporting free speech, anti-bullying, and the right to one's own opinion into another one of your vitriolic lies. Go ahead if you feel the need. If will only incite people to do more to stand up against vile individuals, like yourself, and their lies. My Chick-fil-a chicken sandwich I bought yesterday never tasted so good! Free Speech = 1, Perez = 0.

  17. My Opinion says – reply to this


    Please just stop it now!!! The man expressed an opinion, PERIOD. Has nothing to do with his company or his employees. He believes something, he practices it and it is his opinion. Eveyone quit making it a political statement!

  18. Edwards Baby Mamma says – reply to this


    Perez I don't believe a word you say. I'm not saying that those people didn't say that but I'm not saying they did. For all I know those people don't even exist since you are know for quoting any and every so called source. Jason from Alabama said his Chick Fil A is very kind and he has never heard anyone come in the store spewing anti gay crap. Hmmm but then my source may be as reliable as yours. lol

  19. Sarah says – reply to this


    Perez, you are the most ignorant person. It's really pathetic. And you are ruining your own cause. You want people to accept your values but you can't accept others? There's no sign on CFA's doors that says "No gay's allowed". Cathy simply stated he believed in the traditional definition of marriage. This is America, after all, and aren't you one of the people trying to gain acceptance for all people? Get over yourself. You are not better than anyone! I went to CFA yesterday because I support the Constitution and people's right to freedom of speech. I am not anti-gay. I don't care what you want to do with your life, it's your life! But how about practicing what you preach, you hypocrite.

  20. Midwest_Warrior says – reply to this


    I went past a CFA last night around 830 last night. The drive thru line was backed all the way up and the parking lot was overflowing. I've seen a lot of articles that interviewed people saying although they didn't agree with the owners comments they did support free speech and that is why they were there. In no way did he say anything "hateful" and that is where the gay community is really fucking up. They are turning this into a war when no war was needed. You can make a person change their opinion by name calling and bullying. If the company was soooooo anti gay why are there gay employees? You have highlighted those employees and made yourself look foolish perez. Just because the owner doesn't agree with someone doesn't mean he doesn't TOLERATE them enough to give them a job. Now I don't know for sure because I don't work there but I've heard that employees are treated very well there… however well a fast food chain treats you. Keep calling people names and spreading YOUR intolerance Perez…. it looks like it has the exact opposite affect of what you are trying to force. Nobody is going to be accepting if they are forced to be. You get more flies with honey then you do vinegar. Just saying.

  21. Ella says – reply to this


    Perez, you do not help your cause. You actually help no cause. I guess now you don't believe in the freedom of speech. You can say all you want on your site but as soon as someone has a different opinion, you start bullying. You are a sad excuse for a human being. The more you do this, the more people turn against the gay community. It is your fault.

  22. 22

    I saw on the news last night that one in my area had some long lines. The news interviewed some of the support showers and there was alot of bible verse and "You can have a union just not call it a marriage". They also showed a local lesbian couple protesting who had been spit on earlier in the day by one hateful person, and had some nasty things said to them throughout the day. Not to say all people who don't support gay rights are totally hateful though i don't see how you can call yourself an American and not support Equality. But then like someone mentioned earlier years ago the same types of people were all pro segregation. This man has a right to not agree with gays being allowed to get married. Just like gays have every right to get married. If they want to join in on the straight divorce rate of like 50% why are some so butt hurt about it? (Almost no pun intended)

  23. Inis Magrath says – reply to this


    Re: Yes You Bore Me – Gigabiting is not "whining" about companies that mix their business with a conservative agenda. She merely posted a list of companies. So in case you forgot where you live, this is still America and we Americans are still free to shop or not shop where ever we please.

  24. 24

    Re: Yes You Bore Me – Conservatives oppose equality, pass laws against women (go and check, the list is horrifying), are war-mongers, etc.

  25. Zandigra says – reply to this


    When will you apologize. "Perez" for being part of the hate mongers? You owe your fellow gays who work at Chick-Fil-A a HUGE apology. You are part of the problem. Hope you can find a way to be a part of the solution.

  26. Zandigra says – reply to this


    Re: Inis Magrath

    Absolutely, which is why I don't go to Ben & Jerry's becasue they support pro-abortion organizations. People are free to choose where they're going to shop and eat BUT the government should not try to keep companies from operating simply because they may not agree with the personal views of the owners. That's communism!

  27. SoOverIt says – reply to this


    I love how you haters think that just because the lines were out the door long in your hick town and what you read on the news that that means the entire nation supports your hate. Absolutely pathetic…and do you know what site you all are on? I mean, come on…really!

  28. SoOverIt says – reply to this


    Re: Yes You Bore Me – Get over yourself dude.

  29. SoOverIt says – reply to this


    Re: big_momma – And….we are defending our right to say what we think. You haters all say we "throw our beliefs in your faces" and "shove them down your throat"…well, this 'Appreciation Day' is the very same thing of what you think we do to you, only yours is real.

  30. SoOverIt says – reply to this


    Re: Just_Sayin – You absolutely disgust me and you should be completely ashamed of yourself.

  31. SoOverIt says – reply to this



  32. ross says – reply to this


    IT IS SOO SOO funny how haters are commenting on an openly gay person's site. Stop accessing google.com and perezhilton.com if you are such an anti-LGBT person. Oh, and have a nice day. :)

  33. glaadsuxs says – reply to this


    whats so hard to understand, if you dont like it dont go there. it works for both sides, if people keep pushing both sides its gonna get real ugly. if you have pride and you want to show it, go right ahead, but dont get made if somebody has a different pride and they show it too. in the end, god will clean up this mess and we dont have a thing we can do about that…

  34. 34

    thank god I live in Canada!!!!!! I can't believe the bigotry that is going on. Here people are very accepting of each other. It's legal for gays to marry. I can't even believe that I have to say that! As for what is going on with chick fil A we would not tolerate or put up with this. We have freedom of speech here and we also have laws to protect people in case we have some small minded moran who would like to make things difficult in the work place. It's called poisening the work place. So your head of CFA would not even be able to make his hateful statement and not be made accountable for it. Such hate and loathing. We live side by side but yet so far apart.It's sad really.

  35. Kate says – reply to this


    Re: Yes You Bore Me – AMEN!!! Liberals think they are the only tolerant people without fault. Just because you have an opinion DIFFERENT than theirs, YOU are the one with a problem and YOU hate because you disagree. The problem with gays is that we only here from 1% of the population and they are the ones who want to ram everything down your throat. I have many gay friends that are the salt of the earth and we disagree on some issues but that doesn't make them hate me or visa versa. Liberals don't tolerate anyone with an opinion different than theirs. what a sorry, unhappy bunch of people.

  36. Anniem says – reply to this


    Those who 'hate gays' are not followers of Jesus Christ. We love gays as we love all people. What we and Mr Cathy believe is that the Bible teaches that marriage is between one man and one woman. We as human beings don't have the right to redefine it.
    Mr Cathy never once made a derogatory statement about gay people. It seems to me the ones who are reacting negatively are the haters.

  37. Kate says – reply to this


    Re: big_momma – You are SO right. Why can't liberals see that disagreement is NOT hate. Sounds like they have a problem.

  38. Jeff from NC says – reply to this


    I believe in the experiences relayed here. I worked in retail a few years back when there was a big whoop about clerks wishing people "happy holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas." And it won't stop. Someone should rescue these poor kids and find them a job in a more accepting company. Sure to be better paying as well.

  39. 39

    I am sick of militant homosexual activists screaming about hate and intolerance because mainstream Americans publically oppose their lifestyle and agenda. Conservatives don't bully homsexuals into changing thier views becuase we don't agree with them. Freedom of speech and religion are given to us by the US Constitiution. If you want to exercise your rights, allow other people to do the same. You are a bunch of heterophobes.

  40. Constitutionally Speak says – reply to this


    If you assholes want to be treated with tolerance, HOW ABOUT YOU RETURN THE FUCKING FAVOR.

  41. Dan says – reply to this


    Aw, the poor gays … they should start thir own gay restaurant so they can
    'gay' each other all they want.

  42. 42

    All I can say to the gay employees of ChickFil-A is: find another job. There has to be something better than working for an entity that hates your very existence. Facts are being uncovered daily how the company is supporting anti-gay activities in Africa that are calling for the execution of all homosexuals, not to mention the millions being poured into anti-gay organizations in the USA.

  43. Tiffanny says – reply to this


    This is has to be the dumbest argument ever to happen in American history. It was his personal thoughts not the companys thoughts. He never said that "Chick-fil-a doesn't support gays" he said he doesn't believe in gay marriage. Unless they are refusing to hire someone because of their sexual orientation, or refusing them service then I don't get what the big uproar is all about. I live abroad as an American and I can say that I am ashamed and embarrassed to see this make the news where I am. We are on the brink of an economic crisis and millions of people are unemployed already and you want to bully a company into supporting your ideas or put them out of business? Doesn't really make sense to me. If you don't like what he had to say dont eat there. But as his right to speak his mind he shouldn't be attacked for it. This is denying him his first amendment rights. Same as you saying you support it. He isn't attacking you for saying that is he?

  44. worldinspector says – reply to this


    Clearly , assuming Mr Cathy and his company continue on their present trajectory, the solution is for gay employees to start looking for other jobs and for decent Americans to start ignoring Chick-Fil-A establishments. As more and more Americans become more tolerant and understanding of those who are different from themselves and marriage becomes open to all throughout the nation, the business will eventually go bankrupt.

  45. khayne44 says – reply to this


    I am not wanting Gays or Lesbians to be discriminated against or fired, in fact, I don't have a problem with them. But this was a full scale attack against a business just because he dared to express his opinion. People who aren't Gay or Lesbian are attacked quite regularly because of their beliefs, and they have just as much right to express their opinion as anyone else. When someone expresses their opinion contrary to Gay and Lesbian values, and are attacked for their beliefs, this should be a hate crime, and prosecuted as such!!!

  46. khayne44 says – reply to this


    Re: gigabiting – Your about as stupid as I have ever heard!!!

  47. Chickie_employee6700 says – reply to this


    As a Chick-fil-A employee of 5 years, I am overwhelmed by all of this noise. It has been a difficult and dramatic couple weeks for me and all of my coworkers.
    To start, I am agnostic. My values have never really aligned with the companies' values. I have always enjoyed working there though. Additionally, I have had relationships with males and females. I support gay marriage. I would even without the experience of being with the same sex.

    The store I work at did over double sales on the "Appreciation Day" August 1st, nearly $40,000! It was very difficult to work that day wondering why people were coming in to support us. What were they supporting? Denying marriage rights to others? "Christian values" in general? Free speech? Chick-fil-A in general? Everyone had their reason but not everyone was saying it and I mostly didn't want to know.
    August 2nd a customer came up to me beaming and said, "I am so glad so many people showed their support yesterday. Hopefully that will stop THEM from getting married," expecting me to agree with her.

    I broke down crying.

  48. kandycane says – reply to this


    Re: SoOverIt – actually there is a reason why gay marriage is STILL kept out of most states. Like it or not… We are still a Christian nation.

  49. 49

    You are such a two face. It is people like you who are making the gay people more violent and nasty. Just accept the fact that gay people will never be treated like everyone and get on with your life. Quit the bashing bullshit

  50. Crantz says – reply to this


    @Nicetry "Stop equating not supporting a position as being hateful. "

    Exactly right. Furthermore, stop trying to change the definition of tolerance into acceptance. Ignorant people continue to proclaim that they should be accepted in the name of tolerance, while they fail to either accept or even tolerate anything from conservatives. Tolerance by definition is to tolerate something, not to accept it. That means that I can work with you, live next to you, even be your friend, and disagree completely with your point of view while still giving you the respect that anyone deserves as a human being. I tolerate the cat throwing up on the carpet because it is part of the family, but I certainly don't love when it happens. Liberals are the most hypocrital bunch of people on the planet - how often do they even "tolerate" the Christian point of view? If the whole world doesn't see the issue there way they become outraged and feel they must shove their point of view down everyone else's throats.

  51. shutup says – reply to this


    how bout you fudgepackers shuttup and keep working and stop complaining . there was no problem before he voiced his opinion . he's always been like this .

  52. giggity goo says – reply to this


    Re: Yes You Bore Me
    Lets not forget that the third riech was a conservative movement in Germany.
    This has all been a marketing gold mine for cfa and the funny thing is that they are the only ones gaining anything from all of this. There will be just as many lgbt people out there after this has blown over and the biggots will still feel justified.

  53. John says – reply to this


    Just because you support traditional marriage and are opposed to redefining marriage does not make you anti-gay, and just because you support Gay Marriage doesn't make you anti-heterosexual. Homosexuals are free to marry someone of the opposite sex, and heterosexuals cannot marry someone of the same sex. This whole is as silly as if we suddenly decided to call sisters female brothers.

  54. GAYFISH says – reply to this


    Re: SoOverIt

    sHUT UP!

  55. Steve says – reply to this


    I get your point and it's true that we should not blame employees. Some people inevitably will get out of hand. But please, don't equate the hate on both sides. Huge lines full of people willing to spew actual hate slogans with the intention of establishing supremacy has shown a huge turnout of intolerance. By comparison, the mistakes that have been made from a few pro-gay people with misplaced anger has been incredibly low.

    I for one went there on Aug 1st, smiled at the cashier and asked for 4 waters, some sauces and a bag. Then I filled the bag with condiments, and after disposing of those items, I came back to repeat the process. Plenty of people there were there with hate and lots of youths were just ignorant enough to really believe this was about free speech. I said nothing. I just made my choice to fight it and left.

  56. Terrence benter says – reply to this


    [re=6141713]Re: shutup[

  57. terry benter says – reply to this


    Re: Nolan Ross – NO one made a issue out of one mans statement except the right wing , if they never made a such a big deal out of one mans belief this would have long been over or never a issue at all so come on , who's the haters here ?

  58. terrybenter says – reply to this


    Re: Terrence benterRe: Anniem – thank you , that says it all , let it go , I'm sick of hearing it .

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  65. White Hatemongers says – reply to this


    So many hate mongers commenting on this article.

    Your grand fathers did the same to blacks, you're now spewing hatred on gays.
    Every. Single. One of you. Claiming to be "Christians". Go burn in hell.