The AggreGAYtor SPECIAL EDITION: The Chikin Chronikles
A extra heapin'-helpin' of LGBTQ news, dipping sauce not required
By Brandon Watson,
1:40PM, Fri. Aug. 3, 2012
The Gay Place talks to Chick-4-Gays, homos fight back, and more politicians join the fray. The AggreGAYtor: Chikin Chronikles has flown the coop.
As the former Vice-President of Texas Christian University Gay-Straight Alliance, Eric Russell has been involved in LGBTQ activism for some time; but he never expected that activism to become a business. The “Chick-4-Gays” idea was born when Russell decided to give Hilah Johnson’s viral Chick-fil-A hack a go for his food blog. Surprised by the tasty results, he thought “what if we could make money for the community by selling this sandwich to people who don’t go to Chick-fil-A.”
The modest idea quickly became a big event. Eric, along with partner Tim Krebs and friend Lucas King reached out to Aryel Pena of Arystar Promotions, who connected them to local non-profits Equality Texas and PFLAG Austin. The trio is still looking for a place to host the crowds who have RSVP’d. Russell says “the response snowballed, so we are planning as we go, but it will be a good test run for the catering company we’re starting.” The team expects to make an announcement of the location early next week. Stay tuned to the Gay Place for further details.
Locally speaking, also check The Gay Place for Kate X's own weigh in as well as her interview with Johnnye's Gay-fil-A sandwich maven Laurel Barickman.
• More fowl play: In a newly surfaced video, Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy calls gay marriage support the result of “a deprived mind.”
• Meanwhile, some elected officials continue to support the LGBTQ community.
• Wendy’s franchise is told to knock it off after posting signs in support of fast food competitor.
• Texas lesbian activist Just Kusko braves the heat to picket her local Chick-fil-A in a cow costume.
• National Chick-fil-A “Kiss-In” protest also has Texas roots.
•The AggreGAYtor’s feathers were rustled upon hearing reports of long lines at area Chick-fil-A’s in celebration of Mike Huckabee’s odious “appreciation day.” The Twitter traffic was equally repulsive. Keep fighting little chickies, but remember that we have friends behind enemy lines. Many Chick-fil-A employees disagree with the company position and some franchise owners support our cause.