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August 1st was a hard day for me to get through. I had heard about the "National Support Chick-fil-A Day", but was hardly expecting for the event to cause such emotional distress for me.

I mean, as soon as I saw Sarah Palin getting involved I knew the entire thing must've been a joke.

Except, for a lot of people, it wasn't.

As I looked through my social media networks I felt gut punched by how many of my friends were posting their own pictures at their neighborhood Chick-fil-A's.

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My heart sank deeper as I read the pleas from other friends trying to fight back and express how hard it was to see all the posts.

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But I'm not here to talk about August 1 - I'm really more interested in what happened on August 3.

That Friday was suposed to be a day where pro-equality groups could take a stand and let Chick-fil-A supporters know that the money they give to this business goes directly to groups and organizations whose sole purpose is to make sure LGBT citizens remain second-class citizens.

I didn't expect too much from the Victoria LGBT group on that Friday, but I had hoped they might at least send a message to the Crossroads about how this so-called support for freedom of speech event was at its core an event based on hate.

What they ended up doing though was completely missing the chance to do any good for our community and instead, joined in on the anti-gay reindeer games and bought food at the restaurant.

I am in shock that LGBT Victoria would just roll over and end up supporting the very same restaurant that has donated millions over the years to groups that would experiment on people like us in the hopes to "cure our gay".

What a shame that none of the LGBT Victoria group members could be brave. The message LGBT Victoria is sending to every closeted person and LGBT youth in the area is that if you want to be accepted, you have to fall in line with our heteronormative culture, even if it means hurting your own community.

Because even though group members and others may say they don't agree with what Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy said regarding gay marriage, every time you buy a chicken sandwich from his restaurant, whether you like it or not, you are supporting a business that doesn't support your gay friends, family members and neighbors.

Which makes it even more infuriating to see our local group not only roll over and not stand against the restaurant, but to actively contribute to our struggle for equal rights.

Chick-fil-A can give money to whoever it wants, and every person can make their own decision and patronize whatever business they'd like to - there's no argument there.

But was I really expecting too much from an organization whose mission statement is to educate people and businesses about our community to end discrimination and bias? I don't think so.

DISCLAIMER: I'm fairly new to town and am not too familiar with the LGBT Victoria group. Online, I could only find their outdated MySpace page. I'd like to invite any members of the group to message me if they feel I've misrepresented them.