However, many found themselves unable to resist Chick-fil-A’s food and found themselves guiltily still enjoying their nuggets and sandwiches despite disagreeing with their beliefs – including a girl Sara Grossman, the mind behind the campaign, was dating.
“The other day, the girl I’m dating said to me, ‘I have something to tell you, and I feel really horrible about it,’” Grossman, the communications director at The Dru Project, told NewNowNext. She had ordered fries from Chick-fil-A and wanted to donate to the non-profit to make up for it, giving Grossman the idea for the campaign.
The Dru Project, named in honor of Christopher Andrew Leinonen, one of the victim’s of the 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting, raises money to send LGBTQ students to college and support gay-straight alliances (GSA). The organization has given away over $30,000 in scholarships and $5,000 in mini-grants to GSAs, while also publishing one of the most comprehensive GSA guides in the nation.
The non-profit announced its initiative to “turn that waffle fry guilt into curricula or scholarships for LGBTQ+ youth” on Facebook, including a link where people can donate. So far, the campaign has raised $562.
Recently, we have gotten promises for donations by friends of The Dru Project who may have slipped and gotten waffle…
Chick-fil-A has received some backlash since their anti-LGBTQ donations were revealed. Airports in San Antonio, TX and Buffalo, NY banned the restaurant. San Jose, CA protested the opening of a new Chick-fil-A in their local airport by surrounding it with rainbow and trans Pride flags with the hope of making it “the gayest Chick-fil-A in the country.”