"Chick-fil-A has given millions of dollars to anti-LGBTQ2S organizations, including known hate groups and proponents of conversion therapy, and continues to do so every year," one Toronto group, The 519, says. The group lists itself as a "proud city agency and a registered charity," and is "committed to the health, happiness and full participation of the LGBTQ2S communities."
They posted these photos of Friday's protest:
We’re still here, protesting at 1 Bloor Street East. Come down, come down, wherever you are and join us in asking h… https://t.co/1vM0Pdw3wW— The 519 (@The 519)1567782669.0
CityNews Toronto Sr. Journalist Mark McAllister posted video and photos of the protest:
Protesters now blocking customers from entering Chick-fil-A by laying down at the front door https://t.co/FxnqUsgfDU— Mark McAllister (@Mark McAllister)1567784093.0
Protesters supporting the LGBTQ2 community outside new Chick-fil-A restaurant opening this morning https://t.co/rPFr0RrMCV— Mark McAllister (@Mark McAllister)1567781476.0
Canada's Daily Xtra last year spoke with Rich Matherne, vice president of Chick-fil-A International, who “could not make a commitment on behalf of the company” that it would cease funding anti-LGBTQ organizations and causes.
More video and photos from Friday's protest:
Protesters arrived shortly after the doors opened https://t.co/duKOd4Dhmu— Meagan Fitzpatrick (@Meagan Fitzpatrick)1567781535.0
The Yonge & Bloor Chick-fil-A is now open. As promised, at least a hundred LGBTQ and animal rights activists are he… https://t.co/ZiM8cFl7TC— Mark Carcasole (@Mark Carcasole)1567781178.0
Protesters at Chick-Fil-A say the chain doesn’t belong in Canada https://t.co/4b0LYM2Z77— Meagan Fitzpatrick (@Meagan Fitzpatrick)1567781592.0
People are protesting outside the opening of #Toronto's first Chick-fil-A location - 📹 @RonaldJayQ https://t.co/rmUTnAEo47— blogTO (@blogTO)1567779970.0
Chick-fil-A has been challenged to expand outside of the U.S. It opened a few stores in South Africa in the 1990's but closed them a few years later. It's first store in Canada also closed after a few years. Toronto appears to be Chick-fil-A's only current location in Canada.