Cracker Barrel, the country restaurant chain, is being celebrated for taking a public stand in support of its LGBTQ+ customers and employees during Pride month.
“At Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, we’ve been on a journey of improvement and understanding, as individuals and as a company,” the restaurant chain wrote on Facebook, including a picture of 6 rainbow-colored rocking chairs. “We believe that when we harness the uniqueness of our differences, we become better. A Cracker Barrel dining room is a place where people of all ages, races, genders, ethnicities, walks of life, political preferences, and sexual orientations can come together and feel at home.”
“Y’all means all!!! Great job, Cracker Barrel,” wrote one commenter, while another wrote: “WOW! I’m very surprised but glad that Cracker Barrel is raising their awareness.!”
“Well with all these people saying they won’t ever go back, our wait times should decrease a little,” one customer wrote.
“What a difference a few decades make! I have been boycotting since 1991 so it will be great to go back!” wrote another.
While the inclusive message was largely celebrated online, some conservatives shared their outrage and disgust with the restaurant chain’s embrace of all people.
“Guess they don’t want us, pushing the lefts agenda is going to cost CB, I can cook at home,” wrote one close-minded customer.
Another wrote: “Yoy don’t have to paint the chairs on rainbow colors to get your point across. Stay out of social engineering! I think less of you now.”
The chain has come a long way from the days when it had an openly anti-LGBTQ employment policy.
In 1991, Cracker Barrel had a policy allowing managers to fire gay employees. At least 11 gay and lesbian employees were fired under the policy, according to The New York Times.