Today’s Supreme Court ruling has given same-sex couples the fundamental right to marry, anywhere in the U.S. And chances are, you’ve seen Facebook erupting in celebration in response.

It’s exciting to see that the belief in LGBT equality has swept the nation. According to a recent Gallup poll, a record 60 percent of Americans now support extending equal rights to LGBT couples—that’s up from 55% in 2014, and just 40% in 2009.

But when it comes to corporate America, not all stores are as progressive as the rest of the country. Here is a list of five of the least gay-friendly stores in the U.S.—and five much friendlier alternatives to consider in their place.

1. For Your Fast Food Sandwich Fix

Support Burger King, Not Chick-Fil-A

When it comes to human rights, fried chicken sandwiches, waffle fries and hand-spun milkshakes are pretty harmless, right? Unfortunately, even your chicken sandwich isn’t safe. Chick-Fil-A, the southern fast food giant, has a long history of pursuing anti-gay legislation. The company has donated more than $3 million to anti-gay groups like the Family Research Council and Exodus International between 2003 and 2009, and donated nearly $2 million in 2010 alone.

Instead of getting your chicken fix here, try eating at Burger King. This fast food chain is experiencing a comeback and created a limited-time “Pride Whopper” last summer to show support for LGBT rights.

2. For Your Thrift Store Finds

Support Goodwill, Not the Salvation Army

When most people picture the Salvation Army, “intolerance” isn’t exactly the first word that comes to mind. But in reality, this philanthropic organization is one of the biggest offenders when it comes to gay rights, supporting groups that advocate for “gay reparative therapy” and lacking any kind of antidiscrimination protections for LGBT employees.

Instead, buy your second-hand clothes and knick-knacks at Goodwill, as they have they have supported several LGBT-inclusive measures in the past. One example: Goodwill recently set up a pop-up shop for employing transgender people in San Francisco.

3. For Your Sit-Down Meals

Support Olive Garden, Not Cracker Barrel

If you’ve been anywhere south of the Mason-Dixon Line, there’s a good chance you’ve had a meal at this classic southern restaurant. But what you probably didn’t know at the time was that Cracker Barrel has a long tradition of discriminating against homosexual employees and still doesn’t have protection clauses for them.

Instead of starting your morning (or afternoon) on the front porch here, head on over to Olive Garden or Red Lobster, both of which are owned by Darden Restaurants. Darden has received top marks on the HRC’s Buyer Guide for the past 4 years.

4. To Fill Up Your Tank

Support BP, Not Exxon

Perhaps one of the worst places to spend money if you support marriage equality is Exxon. This Texas-based gas station company persistently tried to deny benefits to same-sex couples and non-discrimination protections for employees in the past.

Since Exxon still pushes back against new LGBT rights legislation, fill up your tank at BP instead. BP has transgender-inclusive non-discrimination policies for its employees and a Human Rights Campaign gay friendliness score of 100.

5. For Your Summer Shopping Splurge

Support J. Crew, Not Urban Outfitters

Ah, Urban Outfitters; the pinnacle of what it means to be a young Millennial striving to be hip and fashionable in today’s increasingly homogenous world. But this retail powerhouse doesn’t exactly share its clientele’s liberal political leanings. In 2012, the company donated $13,150 to Republican Rick Santorum during his presidential bid. And later that year, Urban also pulled t-shirts that said “I Support Same Sex Marriage” on them after only a week in stores, without explanation.

When shopping for clothes, avoid Urban Outfitters and head on over to J. Crew instead. Back in 2012, J. Crew featured a gay wedding on the front-page of their bridal fashion section of the website—and that’s just one example of a long history of including LGBT people in its catalogs.


Daniel Funke is a junior journalism and international affairs student at the University of Georgia with interests in human rights reporting, digital producing and news analysis. In his free time, Daniel enjoys coffee, local foods, traveling abroad, and going on hikes in the North Georgia mountains. Check out his website, or follow him on Twitter: @dpfunke.