“Whatever we do, we need to make people realize when they come into San Jose, that this is a very welcoming community."
Chick-fil-A hasn't had the best of luck trying to get their restaurants into airports lately, but thanks to a contract approved over a year ago, they will get one in Mineta San Jose International Airport in California. It's not welcome news to some city officials.
The chicken company has long been criticized by the LGBT community and its allies for their funding of notoriously homophobic charities. A fact confirmed on tax reports released this year showing the chain spent millions to support these organizations.
In San Jose, Chick-fil-A will join other restaurants in the food court, but openly gay councilmember and supervisor, Ken Yeager says Chick-fil-A is not the welcome mat he wants representing his city.
“This is going to be people’s very first impression of San Jose and what are they going to see? They’re going to see a store known for its anti-gay attitudes and for funding anti-gay groups. I just thought that was so unfortunate, given that we’ve made so much progress in San Jose on LGBTQ rights,” said Yeager.
Councilmembers said they weren't aware of the eatery's ties with hate groups when they approved the contract back in March 2018. They also approved Shake Shack, Great American Bagel, Trader Vic’s and a brewpub.
The Mineta San Jose airport is a publicly owned place with a non-discrimination policy. Yeager says he would like to send a message of inclusion to guests who use its terminals. He wants to flank Pride flags at Chick-fil-A's entrance.
“Whatever we do, we need to make people realize when they come into San Jose, that this is a very welcoming community,” Yeager said.
The San Jose City Council approved the Pride flag idea.