Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A – which once pledged to treat LGBT people with honor after donating millions to anti-gay groups – is again funneling money to anti-LGBT organizations, including one in Georgia that proclaims homosexuality is evil.
So much for CEO Dan Cathy's charm offensive and pledge to focus on chicken and not anti-LGBT causes.
The company's charitable foundation made headlines in 2011 when IRS filings showed it pumped millions into anti-LGBT groups. It didn't help that soon after Cathy dissed gay marriage and criticized LGBT activists. Cathy later apologized, said the foundation would curtail its donations to anti-LGBT groups and promised to use only his inside voice when condemning LGBT equality.
Nevermind that years later, little has changed with the company's charitable giving. The foundation's most recent IRS filings show that it donated more than $1.4 million to anti-LGBT groups in 2015, according to Think Progress.
The foundation also gave more than $200,000 to the Paul Anderson Youth Home, a Georgia-based “transformative organization” that operates a “Christian residential home for troubled youth.” Focusing on boys, their teachings include the idea that the “sexual, physical, and mental abuse of children, mostly in the alleged ‘safety’ of their own homes has produced all kinds of evil throughout the culture to include the explosion of homosexuality in the last century.” The myth that people are LGBTQ due to abuse is a claim frequently made by anti-LGBTQ organizations to promote harmful “ex-gay” therapy.
Chick-fil-A's foundation also donated more than $1 million to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, which promotes anti-LGBT views and has yet to realize that same-sex marriage is legal, and another $130,000 to the Salvation Army, which has its own spotty record on LGBT issues.