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UK’s First Chick-fil-A Announces Closure 8 Days After Opening Following ‘Get the Chick Out’ Campaign by LGBTQ Group

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The UK shopping center where the nation’s first Chick-fil-A restaurant opened on October 10, announced this week that the anti-LGBTQ chicken franchise’s lease would not be renewed because of backlash from the community and calls for a boycott by Reading Pride, the local LGBTQ rights group.

Said the shopping center in a statement: “We always look to introduce new concepts for our customers, however, we have decided on this occasion that the right thing to do is to only allow Chick-Fil-A to trade with us for the initial six-month pilot period, and not to extend the lease any further.”

The BBC adds: “Reading Pride said The Oracle’s decision was ‘good news’, adding the six-month period was a ‘reasonable request… to allow for re-settlement and notice for employees that have moved from other jobs’. But the organisation said it would continue to campaign against the outlet until it left.”

ICYMI: Kanye West Praises anti-LGBTQ Restaurant Chain Chick-fil-A in New Song

Despite a pledge to change a few years back due to nationwide bad publicity, the restaurant chain has not stopped its giving to anti-LGBTQ groups and a report published earlier this year showed it has actually increased.

Think Progress reports that it gave $1.8 million in 2017 to three groups that actively work against LGBTQ people: ‘The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a religious organization that seeks to spread an anti-LGBTQ message to college athletes and requires a strict “sexual purity” policy for its employees that bars any “homosexual acts.” Paul Anderson Youth Home, a “Christian residential home for trouble youth,” teaches boys that homosexuality is wrong and that same-sex marriage is “rage against Jesus Christ and His values. The Salvation Army has a long record of opposing legal protections for LGBTQ Americans and at the time of the donations had a written policy of merely complying with local “relevant employment laws.” The organization’s website has since changed to indicate a national policy of non-discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.’

CEO Dan Cathy said in early 2011 that the company “would not champion any political agendas on marriage and family,” but in that same year the group’s anti-gay giving doubled.

In 2012 after Chick Fil-A executives promised to stop supporting anti-gay organizations, Cathy continued to show his support to anti-gay groups, and later stated that the company had never agreed to end its anti-gay funding at all.

Cathy also remained a vocal opponent of marriage equality. Most infamously in June of 2012, Cathy said the company was guilty as charged in its support of so-called pro-family and pro-marriage (re: anti-gay) organizations. A month later he told the Baptist Press, “We are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say ‘we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.’”

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Kellogg Put its Cereals ‘All Together’ to Celebrate LGBTQ Inclusivity and Fight Bullying, and Guess Whose Heads are Exploding

Kellogg this week put Raisin Bran, Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies, Frosted Flakes, Froot Loops and Frosted Mini Wheats “all together” to make a statement about LGBTQ inclusivity and made a $50,000 donation to GLAAD to support its annual anti-bullying Spirit Day.

Wrote the company: “We all belong together. So for the first time in history, our famous mascots and cereals are offered exclusively together in the same box for All Together Cereal. It’s a symbol of acceptance no matter how you look, where you’re from or who you love. We believe that all people deserve an environment where they can be their best selves. That’s why Kellogg’s has joined forces as an official partner of GLAAD to celebrate Spirit Day, the largest most visible anti-bullying campaign in the world where millions wear purple to stand up against bullying, and to support a more accepting world for LGBTQ youth. Kellogg is donating $50,000 to GLAAD to support their anti-bullying and LGBTQ advocacy work. Each limited edition box of All Together Cereal includes individual boxes: Raisin Bran, Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies, Frosted Flakes, Froot Loops and Frosted Mini Wheats.”

Said Priscilla Koranteng, Vice President, Global Talent and Chief Diversity Officer: “At Kellogg, we are firmly committed to equity and inclusion in the workplace, marketplace and in the communities where we work and live. We have long been allies and supporters of LGBTQ employees, their families and the community. For more than 100 years, Kellogg has nourished families so they can flourish and thrive, and the company continues to welcome everyone to the table.”

Naturally, homophobic right-wing and bigot bot heads are exploding:

Others could not be happier:

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Guys reveal the most ridiculous questions they’ve gotten about being gay

Straights say the darnedest things. In a recent Reddit thread, gays revealed the bizarre depths of hetero curiosity after one user asked, “What’s the most ridiculous thing someone’s ever asked you about the topic of being gay?”

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Here are some choice questions, edited for clarity:

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“How can you not like tits?! [Gets phone out, has multiple tabs of boob porn already open in browser.] You must get hard over these tits. You must. You MUST.”

“What about that girl you used to date in high school?”

“Anal sex… that’s just a saying, isn’t it? You don’t actually go up the bum. It’s physically impossible.”

“Are gays allowed to vote?”

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“Do you think it’d be better if all gay people lived together on an island? Or in one specific town? Then you wouldn’t upset any of the normal people. And you could all just f*ck each other.”

“You guys seem such fun. How do I become gay?“

“Is it true that the longer you’re gay, the smaller your balls get?“

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“Is it true that gay guys have secret signals?“

“Do you check on every guy’s butt and crotch?”

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“Do you know [random gay person]?”

“What does d*ck taste like?“

“It wouldn’t be gay if you sucked me off, would it?”

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“I’ve been asked if there are gay snails. (No, I am not kidding, and it was a serious question.)”

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