|Pheasant Lane Mall Food Court, Nashua, NH|
By Brody Levesque | NASHUA, NH -- The only Chick-fil-A restaurant in New Hampshire, located in the food court of the Pheasant Lane Mall south of Nashua, will be one of the co-sponsors for New Hampshire Pride Fest 2012. The announcement by franchise general manager Anthony Picolia came as a pleasant surprise to Pride Fest organisers in light of the ongoing public relations debacle over the negative remarks by Chick-Fil-A’s President last month regarding same-sex marriage equality.
Picolia, in an email to LGBTQNation Tuesday, confirmed that his franchise will sponsor the festival writing:
“In both my personal and professional life, I have had and continue to have positive relationships with family, friends, customers and employees in the LGBT community.
It would make me sad if someone felt that they were not openly welcomed into my life or restaurant based on their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender.
He added; "Chick-fil-A at Pheasant Lane Mall has gay employees and serves gay customers with honor, dignity and respect. We also don’t discriminate in giving back to the Nashua community, donating to a wide variety of causes.
I would challenge people to come have a conversation with me before they make assumptions or boycott my restaurant. Come to my restaurant and see for yourself that my team and I only have one mission: To serve exceptional experiences to all.”
Tara Powell, one of the festival’s organizers, is looking forward to working with Mr. Picolia in planning the festival.
“This sponsorship is just another example of how great New Hampshire is to the LGBT community. We are looking forward to having a great Pride Fest, and are very excited to have Chick-Fil-A involved.”
New Hampshire Pride Fest 2012 is scheduled from noon to 5:00 PM on August 11, 2012 at Veterans Memorial Park in Manchester.
Same-sex marriage is legal in New Hampshire.