T he C ouncil
of

C hristine C. Q uinn
Speaker


 


T he C ity of N ew Y ork C ity H all New York, NY 10007

Telephone 212-788-7210

July
28,
2012
 John
Sexton
 
 President
 
 New
York
University
 
 70
Washington
Square
South
 
 New
York,
NY
10012
 
 Dear
President
Sexton:
 
 I
write
as
the
Speaker
of
the
NYC
Council,
and
on
behalf
of
my
family.


NYC
is
a
place
where
we
 celebrate
diversity.

We
do
not
believe
in
denigrating
others.

We
revel
in
the
diversity
of
all
our
 citizens
and
their
families.
 
 As
you
know
from
recent
press
coverage,
the
President
of
Chick‐fil‐A
continues
to
 make
statements
and
support
causes
that
are
clear
messages
of
extreme
intolerance
and
 homophobia
and
a
belief
that
Lesbian,
Gay,
Bisexual,
Transgender
(LGBT)
Americans
are
less
 than
others
and
deserve
to
be
treated
as
such.

 
 Let
me
be
clear
‐‐
I
do
not
want
establishments
in
my
city
that
hold
such
discriminatory
views.
 We
are
a
city
that
believes
our
diversity
is
our
greatest
strength
and
we
will
fight
anything
and
 anyone
that
runs
counter
to
that.
 
 I
know
from
our
long
relationship
that
you
and
your
university
celebrate
the
diversity
of
NYC.


 Your
history
in
this
area
is
exemplary.



T he C ouncil
of

C hristine C. Q uinn
Speaker


 


T he C ity of N ew Y ork C ity H all New York, NY 10007

Telephone 212-788-7210

As
such
I
urge
you
to
sever
your
relationship
with
the
Chick‐fil‐A
establishment
that
exists
on
 your
campus.

This
establishment
should
be
replaced
with
an
establishment
where
the
 ownership
does
not
denigrate
a
portion
of
our
population.
 In
ending
this
relationship,
I
also
urge
you
to
keep
the
workers
who
are
employed
by
Chick‐fil‐A
 and
ensure
that
the
replacement
restaurant
lets
them
retain
their
jobs.


The
employees
of
the
 Chick‐fil‐A
should
not
suffer
because
of
the
shortsightedness
and
homophobia
of
the
President
 of
the
corporation
that
employs
them.

 
 Again,
I
appreciate
your
university’s
long
history
of
celebrating
diversity.


I
urge
you
to
join
with
 me
in
ensuring
that
our
city
does
not
become
a
place
where
those
who
do
not
share
our
 commitment,
have
any
place
to
espouse
those
views.
 
 Sincerely.
 



 Christine
C.
Quinn
 Speaker
 New
York
City
Council