The California city of San Jose has voted to protest the opening of a Chick-fil-A location at their local airport.
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The San Jose City Council voted on Tuesday, 9 April to surround the anti-LGBTI restaurant at the Mineta San Jose International Airport with Pride flags – both rainbow and transgender pride.
This idea came from former county supervisor, Ken Yeager, a gay man. He believed the flags could be used ‘as a counter-signal to the discrimination supported by Chick-fil-A’. This way, Yeager said, arriving passengers will know that the city of San Jose welcomes all.
Councilman Raul Peralez liked this idea, adding that he’d like to see the location hire LGBTI employees so that everyone knows it’s the ‘gayest Chick-fil-A in the country.’ Indeed, San Jose was rated one of the United States’ most diverse cities in 2018.
The controversial fast food chain has donated to anti-LGBTI causes as recently as 2017.
In March 2018, the City Council approved a new contract with HMS Host concessionaire to bring new eateries to the airport. This included Shake Shack, Great American Bagel, Trader Vic’s, a brewpub, and unfortunately, Chick-fil-A. Now, the new Chick-fil-A location is set to open in a month.
‘This kind of slipped under everybody’s radar,’ Councilwoman Magdalena Carrasco told The Mercury News.
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo offered a half-hearted apology. He said while the city should not only do business with establishments it agrees with politically, he ‘simply didn’t think enough’ when approving the contract last year.
Why it matters
For Councilwoman Pam Foley, this issue hits close to home. At the City Council meeting, she revealed that she lost her brother, a gay man, to AIDS more than 20 years ago.
‘When I hear of injustices related specifically to the LGBT community, I take it really personally,’ Foley stated.
Author: Rafaella Gunz
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