Last Updated on October 13, 2019
Principal Steve Corbett of Lusher Charter School in New Orleans turned down a free staff lunch provided by Chick-fil-A in order to “support LGBTQ staff.”
Dr Corbett declined a free lunch that was to be provided for the staff on Friday via the College Football Playoff Foundation, after he found out that Chick-fil-A would be catering. The lunch was one of a number being provided to the Orleans Parish school district by the CFPF to thank the city for hosting the Sugar Bowl and College Bowl Championship.
Corbett explained the decision in a statement to the media:
Out of respect to our LGBTQ staff, we have chosen to not serve Chick-Fil-A at an employee lunch. The #1 rule at Lusher is to ‘Be Kind’ and we live this motto every day. Chick-Fil-A has been politically outspoken about its views, and we feel it is not part of Lusher’s culture of kindness and community.
Corbett expanded on his rationale in a video posted to Twitter:
We’ve made the decision to support our staff members who are LGBTQ, and other supporters. We felt that any time there is an organisation that is anti-LGBTQ and has efforts to infringe upon their rights, we thought it was important to make sure that we were standing up for our community at that time.
Once Corbett told the CFPF of his decision, they made sure another restaurant would provide the lunch instead. Tony Fay, a spokesman for the CFPF, said that they were just “glad the teachers will have a good lunch tomorrow.”
A representative for the popular fast food outlet told Fox News that they are “focused on food and hospitality” – they have no “political or social agenda,” and prioritise “providing a welcoming and respectful environment for our guests.”