It’s a good thing we got these roses from a gay-friendly florest!

When you have enough money and a good spot on the economic/political/social/religious/what-have-you food-chain, you get to say a few things, good or bad, about what you think or stand for, good or bad. Though, of course, an asterisk leading to a small disclaimer at the bottom of your mission statement does exist.
Please be aware that all speeches, appearances, Twitter posts, footsteps, “Liked” Facebook pages, and tattoos will be followed by keen eyes and taken account of. There are people watching your every move.
So, let’s take this scenario: You have the sudden craving for a perfectly put together chicken sandwich with a side of waffle fries, but the only place that you can think of to bother getting in the car for is completely out of the question for girls who like girls and boys who like boys because, well, they happen to put money in certian pockets that don’t like people of the rainbow-kind.
The Chick-Fil-A Restaurant chain, according to Equality Matters ( “a campaign for full LGBT equality” ), has donated more than $1.1 million to a number of  organizations that are anti-LGBT under their charitable arm, the WinShape Foundation. Through 2003-2008, WinShape made donations to organizations like the National Christian Foundation, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Serving Marriages, Inc., and the Family Research Council- all of which express LGBT discrimination, whether it be towards their belief in what a marriage should look like or listing homosexuality as an “impure lifestyle” and a sin.
Another big contender in a race to support inequality: the Salvation Army. According to their United States website, they believe “that Christians whose sexual orientation is primarily or exclusively same-sex are called upon to embrace celibacy as a way of life.” Not to knock on the monks and nuns who practice celibacy, but really. If in some alternate world where homosexuality was the accepted orientation, and some internationally recognized charity told you that heterosexuality was a sin and stated as such in the Bible- how would you take it? According to the Washington Post, in 2001 the Salvation Army tried to strike a deal with the Bush Administration on overruling state and local laws on discriminating against homosexual orientation in the work place, and threatened to close up stores and drop-boxes if they were forced to follow said laws. Albeit, this was quite a few years ago, and they may have changed their stand-point- but you can’t change the past, or the hundreds of donors who now give their money to gay-friendly charities like Big Brothers, Big Sisters (BBBS).
And now for the last (but not least)- Blake Mycoskie of TOMS Shoes- being hit with infuriated gay fans and the like over his announcement at his guest appearance at a Focus on the Family (FOTF) event in Orange County. FOTF is widely known for their belief in that homosexuality is a mental disorder caused by bad parenting and family problems, as well as gays wanting to destroy marriage (last thing on my mind). Mycoskie tried to play it off as not fully knowing that background of the ministry, living on a sailboat in Los Angeles, but with Google just one click away- how trustworthy can that be? For his next “speaking engagement” at Willow Creek Church, Mycoskie posted on his “Start Something That Matters” website that just because he’s showing up there doesn’t mean that his “ acceptance of that invitation should not be read as an endorsement of the sponsoring organization or of its views”. Well, I forgive you for now, Mycoskie. But I’m pretty sure that the gay hipsters of the world will still be keeping a sharp nose out for anything smelling fishy.
Now- I’m not saying you should boycott any of these places (though I for one do miss the sweet taste of those sunflower oil cooked waffle fries), but it doesn’t hurt to think twice about who you donate those two cents in your pocket to, or where you get your favorite afternoon snack, or the comfiest shoes or the funniest comics.

Frances Miyares

22 thoughts on “A Special Case of Unrequited Love

  1. i think that you should have maybe gotten quotes from some chick fil a managers before attacking them.. not to be rude. 🙂

    1. That is by far one of the stupidest suggestions made on the Internet.

      Managers don’t handle finances. They manage employees and operations.

      Lurk moar. I work at Chick-fil-a.

  2. i get both sides of what is being said, but the newspaper clearly asks for readers to send in their opinions. just because they may not correspond to what the writers opinion is, that doesnt mean that they have to be attacked for it.

  3. So Ms. Miyares is spot on here as far as topic and depth of research is concerned. But I think some embellishment is needed for some of the readers (and comment-ers).

    “… it is merely stating that Chick-Fil-A and Salvation Army funds [sic] anti-LGBT organizations …”

    An important detail to note here is that most companies donate to various charitable organizations as marketing vehicles. To assume the beliefs of the company’s corporate officers, board of directors, or front-end employees based on the beliefs of the recipient organizations in question isn’t necessarily accurate.

    Specifically concerning Blake Mycoskie of TOMS shoes: Blake Mycoskie’s entire model is based on charity. Recall the “Buy a Pair, Donate a Pair” paradigm. One would be hard-pressed to justify criticism, for it would be easy to defend the donations made by TOMS Shoes as “strictly business”.

    Ms. Miyares has done an excellent job at bringing awareness to the possibly questionable beliefs associated with companies that donate to organizations involved with anti-LGBT activity/promotion/funding.

  4. So Ms. Miyares is spot on here as far as topic and depth of research is concerned. But I think some embellishment is needed for some of the readers (and comment-ers).

    “… it is merely stating that Chick-Fil-A and Salvation Army funds anti-LGBT organizations …”

    A good thing to note here is that most companies donate to various charitable organizations as marketing vehicles. To assume the beliefs of the company’s corporate officers, board of directors, or front-end employees based on the beliefs of the recipient organization isn’t necessarily accurate.

    Specifically concerning Blake Mycoskie of TOMS shoes: Blake Mycoskie’s entire model is based on charity. Recall the “Buy a Pair, Donate a Pair” paradigm.

    Ms. Miyares has done an excellent job at bringing awareness to the possibly questionable beliefs associated with companies that donate to organizations involved with anti-LGBT activity/promotion/funding.

  5. I never said that it was forcing anyone to do anything. This was a very informative article- I am simply posting my opinon in the “opinion section” as everyone else is allowed to do.

  6. This article is not attempting to force you to accept the LGBT community, it is merely stating that Chick-Fil-A and Salvation Army funds anti-LGBT organizations and that Blake Mycoskie of TOMS Shoes has offended the LGBT community. As was stated above “it is in the opinion section for a reason”.

  7. Wonderful article. I loved every sentence and read straight through it without taking my eyes off the computer. Over all, well done! I didn’t know about any of these things and thought it was vary informative. I hope to see more articles by you in the paper and I thank you and am pretty sure many others do as well.

  8. I totally respect your opinion- no harsh mood here 🙂 I just wanted to express mine as well. Whether or not we see eye to eye on this, both of our sides have hard cold facts- yours about their threats, and mine about their charity. Now all we can do is let others make up their own opinion.

  9. I understand that your upset about the issue and i would be to if I was in your place, but you cant force anyone to like the LGBT community . Where that leave people to make their decision on how they feel about the issuse overall.

    1. My purpose for writing this article wasn’t for “force people to like the LGBT community”. I know that that is an impossible feat. I only aimed to put the information somewhere everyone can have access to it. What you do with that information is up to you.

    1. I don’t hate them, really, I miss their cookies and cream milk shakes and waffle fries. If it weren’t for this, I’d be eating there every week (although that probably wouldn’t be good for my health) !

  10. Recommended Viewing to go along with the article:
    The Celluloid Closet- A movie of how Hollywood has been portraying gays for the past few decades.

  11. I understand the hostility in this article towards those who are anti-LGBT. I personally support those who choose to follow their hearts and not the opinions of others- those individuals including some of my homosexual friends. However, I think that the viewpoint in which this article was written is extremely one-sided. For example, the part about the Salvation Army’s heterosexuality favoritism had a very limited amount of truth in it. What the writer failed to mention was that companies like the Salvation Army and Chick-Fil-A are Christian companies (hence the closure of the restaurant on Sundays). Therefore, they do support other companies with the same view points based on their interpretations of the Bible (i.e. is homosexuality ok?). Whether or not it was right for the Salvation Army to try to “strike a deal with the Bush Administration” about LGBT discrimination is up to you. But what was failed to be mentioned here is all the other work these companies do that benefit everyday people, LGBT or not. I personally have done a lot of work with the Salvation Amy and while I know that they are a Christian organization, I have seen firsthand that that doesn’t stop them from helping people in need, no matter their orientation, race, gender, or religion. Did you know that every year they put together a distribution of items that helps needy families survive the winter holidays? Did you know that they also have housing for abused and neglected children that is one of the only programs available that keeps siblings together so they don’t get separated in foster care? And all of this is just in St. Petersburg. Think about all the good they do around the world. I still fully support my LGBT friends and their journey, but I would never dream of separating myself from an organization like the Salvation Army just because of ONE of their viewpoints.

    1. I get what you’re saying, but i’m pretty sure the author is allowed to be a bit one-sided because it’s her opinion on the subject c;

    2. I don’t think the author was saying the organization only had one view. Rather, I believe she was simply stating that due to their contributions to anti-LGBT organizations, her feelings toward the companies will be forever different. I understand this and agree with the author; just one act like that disgusts me and can completely turn me away from a company.

    3. While I understand the points that you are making, and I fully respect your opinion, I’d have to ask you to respect mine. Because that’s just what it is- my opinion. I wrote the article to shed light on an issue that is occurring locally, nationally, and internationally. I am aware of the things that the Salvation Army does- and that’s great for them! It’s good to have organizations that do those things for people who need them. But the fact remains that they threatened to close down their stores and drop-boxes just because they had to follow a law prohibiting discrimination on sexual orientation. If they really had closed those donation centers or helping homes- how many people would have suffered? Personally, for me, I wouldn’t support an organization that would make such a large sacrifice for such a petty reason. Key note: personally. You can support them all you want as well as your LGBT friends- that’s great, we need people like you. The only effect I wanted to cause here is thought. I gave you information, you can do what you want with it. Just keep a little respect, and we’ll be on our way.

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