World Turned Upside Down: Gay New Yorkers Say ‘OK’ to Chick-fil-A

Posted by on May 08, 2014 at 8:05 am

Well, the thought police storm troopers aren’t going to be happy about this.

Like many people, Josh Hune loves the succulent taste of Chick-fil-A menu item No. 1, the classic chicken sandwich. Like far fewer fans, Hune also happens to be gay.

That made it a bit complicated when the fried-chicken chain’s president, Dan Cathy, admitted he was “guilty as charged” for vehemently opposing same-sex marriage and overseeing the donation of millions of dollars to anti-gay causes in June 2012. When Cathy’s comments sparked a media firestorm, Hune resisted his favorite sammie for a few days before giving in and devouring one at the Chick-fil-A outlet at NYU, where he was a student.

The move infuriated one of his friends, who was leading a petition to have the chain removed from the dining hall.

“He told me I was the worst gay in NYC,” says Hune, 23. “But I personally don’t think my money or my going there is me saying I hate gays as well. I don’t think about it like that $7 is going to some foundation to stop gay marriage. For me, it’s just food.”

The worst gay in NYC. Tolerance, bitches!

It’s a dirty little secret that in New York, Hune is far from alone. For many members of the LGBT community, the first time they came out, it was to tell the world they were gay. The second time, it was to tell the world they love Chick-fil-A.

And now that the Georgia-based chain is entering the NYC market in a big way, gay Chick-fil-A fanatics are facing a serious dilemma.

The company announced last month that for the first time it will expand into the city with stand-alone locations. By the end of 2014, the country will have 108 new Chick-fil-A locations, “a good chunk of them” in New York City, according to a report in USA Today.

What a dilemma. Lock-step orthodoxy or good food at a reasonable price. What’s a socially-conscious person to do?

Still, being gay and admitting to patronizing Chick-fil-A is like working at Vogue and wearing Crocs.

“I have a healthy fear of the gay mafia,” says William, a gay 26-year-old digital strategist living in Hell’s Kitchen who asked that his last name not be used due to anxiety over backlash to his choice. “But the crispy chicken is orgasmic. This sounds terrible because it’s fast food, but it’s the most tender chicken I’ve ever had.”

Gay mafia? Perhaps the so-called “Justice Department” should look into that.




13 Responses to “World Turned Upside Down: Gay New Yorkers Say ‘OK’ to Chick-fil-A”

  1. maloderous on 8/08/14 at 8:56 am

    “Still, being gay and admitting to patronizing Chick-fil-A is like working at Vogue and wearing Crocs.”

    I don’t think I get the reference. Is it because I’m straight?

  2. SNuss on 8/08/14 at 12:18 pm

    Like believing in pro-life, and small government, but registered as a Democrat voter?

  3. Cato on 8/08/14 at 12:32 pm

    Or like believing in pro-life, and small government, but registered as a Republican voter.

  4. submandave on 9/09/14 at 2:53 pm

    “I … don’t think my … going there is me saying I hate gays as well”

    And herein lies the miscommunication, because opposing the redefinition of “marriage” isn’t saying you “hate gays” either. For people who like to espouse subtlety and nuance, these folks sure do divide every issue into a stark dichotomy.

  5. Jablonski on 9/09/14 at 3:29 pm

    I’m not sure Chik Fil A is good food. Oh, it’s tasty alright but I’m pretty sure most of the chicken sandwich’s other metrics are not in the “good”range.

    Ps. Bojangles is better, and maybe so is Wendy’s Spicy Chicken sammich.

  6. Jeff on 9/09/14 at 3:36 pm

    I’m gay but not encumbered by orthodoxy. Matter of fact, I think gay marriage is probably a really bad idea. Anyway, I’m not really a fast-food kind of guy but William’s recommendation of the “orgasmic” crispy chicken has convinced me to check out an order of nuggets, and who knows where that will lead?

  7. Annie on 9/09/14 at 5:45 pm

    These articles keep calling Cathy’s foundation as anti-gay when he has stated it is to support traditional marriage including trying to keep marriages from ending in divorce. He stated on numerous occasions that the foundation does not provide any support to groups that solely oppose gay marriage, they just focus on traditional marriage. Of course you can’t just be silent on gay marriage without the media and progs calling you a homophobe.