I'm a closeted lesbian working at a Chick-fil-A in the south. And these days, it's complicated.
So when people boycott Chick-fil-A, it means I don't get hours. Which means I don't get money. Not just me, but ALL of the LGBT employees at Chick-fil-A. Yes, CFA hires LGBT people. No one's been fired for being gay or coming out. It's a job. A job that can't be taken for granted when work is scarce across the country. We have to eat too. So sure, boycott Chick-fil-A because you don't agree with the CEO. Will you change his mind? No. Will it change the amount of money my LGBT peers and I can earn? Probably. Boycotting Chick-fil-A doesn't hurt the company. It hurts the employees. And it's hard enough working for a place that doesn't think you should get married. But it's work. Don't take it away because you feel righteous.
That's what I said four days ago. I meant it then. After today, though, I take it all back.
After all, I'm still a closeted gay woman working at a Chick-fil-A in the southern United States. And things these days, well, they're complicated.
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