Here’s How San Jose City Council Plans to Make Its Airport Chick-fil-A the ‘Gayest in the Country’

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The San jose City Council has pledged to make the new Chick-fil-A at Mineta San Jose International Airport the “gayest Chick-fil-A in the country” by surrounding it with LGBTQ Pride flags and Transgender Pride flags.

The City Council made the vow after admitting it had overlooked Chick-fil-A’s anti-LGBTQ past when it approved the chain’s application to open at the airport. Santa Clara County supervisor Ken Yeager made the recommendation to surround it with rainbows, and the City Council has said it will advise the chain to hire LGBTQ employees.

According to SFist: “The council further voted not to renew the contract for Host unless Chick-fil-A agrees to be open seven days a week like every other restaurant — the Christian-owned chain notoriously stays closed on Sundays.”

Chick-fil-A has been banned from Buffalo Niagara International Airport and the San Antonio International Airport over its anti-LGBTQ values and donations.

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Man threatened to blow up a Starbucks after a gay barista spoke to him

O'Sullivan was sentenced to nine months in jail for threatening to blow up a Starbucks

A Californian man threatened to blow up a Starbucks after a gay barista tried to make small talk while preparing his drink.

From Santa Rosa, Vincent O’Suillivan was served a hot drink in Starbucks last year, SF Gate reported.

But when the barista, Hank Dixon Myers, attempted to make small talk, O’Sullivan reportedly lashed out and hurled homophobic slurs at him.

What happened to the man?

O’Sullivan made the homophobic remarks on 12 May. Before informing Myers he was making pipe bombs to blow Starbucks, the Safeway store, Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office’s substation in Guerneville. According to the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office.

Police arrested O’Sullivan on the same day as the incident. Courts sentenced him to nine months in jail and three years probation.

O’Sullivan allegedly showed no remorse. This was despite the threat causing him fear, anxiety, nightmares, and post-traumatic stress. Myers told Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Peter Ottenweller.

It came just three days after the 56-year-old served a four-month jail sentence for concurrently stealing a Pride flag from the town plaza.

Starbucks as a safe space

The franchise coffee shop in recent years prides itself as a safe haven for queer people.

In 2015, branches of Starbucks in Seattle announced they would offer their spaces to LGBTI people subjected to hate crimes.

Moreover, the company offers one of the most comprehensive healthcare plans for trans employees in the states.

See also

California bans state travel to South Carolina over anti-LGBTI adoption law

Trans man suing California hospital for canceling minutes before surgery

California may become the first state to limit intersex surgery on children

Author: Josh Milton

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San Jose city council votes to make their airport Chick-fil-A the ‘gayest’ in America

Chick-fil-A storeThey will surround the franchise with rainbow and trans flags and voted to institute a rule that restaurants that aren’t open on Sundays can’t be in the airport. That means they won’t renew the chain’s contract when it comes up again.

Author: Alex Bollinger

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