In the rose city of Pasadena, LGBT students of the local community college, PCC, were deeply saddened to hear last Wednesday the Pasadena Board of Zoning voted 3-2 to allow a Chick-fil-A to open across the street from campus according to local reports.
Though the restaurant had been approved to replace the downtrodden Burger King by the city back in December of last year, Chick-fil-A had to apply for a permit to expand the current drive-thru and remove two trees once City Councilman Terry Tornek appealed the approval.
Chick-fil-A came under fire from the LGBT community in 2012 when Chief Operating Officer Dan Cathy came out in opposition to same-sex marriage, sparking nationwide protests with many calling it a hate group. The conflict later became violent when Floyd Lee Corkins entered a Family Research Council facility armed with a gun and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches "to smear in the dying faces of staffers he expected to kill." Security guard Leo Johnson suffered a gunshot wound to the arm before disarming Corkins.
During the council meeting, Simon Fraser (PCC’s Student Trustee) testified on behalf of the school's LGBT community, arguing the presence of Chick-fil-A will cause great distress for them.
"I’m exceptionally disappointed,” Fraser said upon hearing the news. “I’m deeply concerned that every concern that I raised and every PCC student that was here raised fell completely on deaf ears.”
LGBT students have also voiced their concerns with having a Chick-fil-A nearby.
“For me, Chick-fil-A is more than a corporation expressing their opinion,” PCC student Bernard Noi said. “For me, it is a symbol that has supported organization that tell me that I should not be happy with who I am. I fear for my friends. They already live stressful lives… This could push them over the edge.”
Jennifer Daw, Chick-fil-A developer supervisor, argued "Chick-fil-A would help the community by providing 50 to 60 new full-time and part-time jobs in the area and would improve the aesthetics of the location."