LGBT activists planning McDonald's protest

Aug. 12, 2013

An activist group in Chicago is planning a protest against Oak Brook-based McDonald's Corp. over the chain's sponsorship of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, according to

The group, StonewallAgain, is calling on McDonald's to pull out of its $100 million deal as the sole food retailer at the games in protest of Russia's harsh new anti-LGBT laws. The deal lasts through 2020 for each pair of Olympics in a four-year period.

The protest, set for 11 a.m. on Aug. 17 at McDonald's headquarters, will "Tell McDonald's Corp. to stop sponsoring the homophobic Sochi Winter Olympics. Russia has implemented laws to arrest and deport anyone who is or they suspect is gay," according to StonewallAgain's Facebook page.

Mike Lackovich, the group's founder, compared the persecutions to Nazi Germany in the 1930s. "This is history repeating itself," he said. "McDonald's should be working with the IOC in order to find an alternative venue."

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