Sunday, July 15, 2012

Gay Cow Appreciation Day

Last week, I had mentioned that I may or may not have agreed to dress up as a gay cow for free food. Photographic proof, right here.

Trust me, we had our reasons.

First, some backstory. Once a year, the fast-food chain Chik-Fil-A has a "Cow Appreciation Day" - dress like a cow, get a free meal. Pretty neat, yes? Kind of a neat promotion for a chain of fried-chicken restaurants to do.

It's not the only thing Chik-Fil-A has a history of doing though. They also have given millions of dollars to anti-gay organizations and hate groups. We're not just talking fundamentalist religious organizations... we're talking about groups that actually attempt to "cure gays of being gay." That's really, really scary.

This year, a group of LGBT-supportive Iowans decided to stage a peaceful gathering at a local Iowa City Chik-Fil-A. Yes, that's right, an entire herd of gay cows, clamoring for a free meal.

Random mall comment:

Yes, I have a dizzingly chaotic attention span. If you know me at all, you know this is normal. Virtual reality pod in the middle of the mall, I loved those things when I was a kid! Heehee!

Okay, back to gay cows. Gay cows, assemble!

Mall cop! Lookin' important, struttin' past Bennigans! (I warned you about my attention span.)


Here we come, Chik-Fil-A.... are you ready for a gay cow invasion?

Really nice guy, seemed to enjoy the herd. :)

Cops showed up! I wonder who called them...

Jess approved of my free food...

Tad dressed up as a heterosexual cow, but that's okay. Not all cows have to be gay cows.

Jess did a really good job on the cow ears. Earring was a nice touch.

All in all, the gathering went well. Everyone had a good time, including the Chik-Fil-A employees. Nothing got out of hand, and no one caused a scene that could have gotten us kicked out of the mall. I believe it did raise awareness, because several people were curious as to why we were all dressed up as colorful bovines.

It was an udderly fabulous way to spend a Friday night!

PS - here's the back of my shirt. I did it with handmade stencils and spray-on fabric paint. It's nice to know that my ridiculously expensive college degree is getting some use. (That was clearly a tongue in cheek comment.)


  1. That is so cool! I totally would have done that. I don't have a Chik-Fil-A here, I don't even know where the closest one is.
    I love the attention span stuff. I'm like that as well. Taking a picture of a tree-LOOK A BIRD! *crashes off into the forest*
    Nice shoes by the way. They look awesome.

  2. What a fun way to raise gay rights awareness. :) I enjoyed the pictures. So happy there wasn't any trouble.

  3. Um. You're awesome, Leah. That is just awesome...

  4. What is irrefutable is that there absolutely seems to be a ""gay agenda." If you accept my premise, you might want to know what that agenda is? It would appear to be general acceptance and the patina of normalcy. For years the American Psychological Association had classified homosexuality as an illness.


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