About 20 protesters braved thunderstorms Friday afternoon to deliver a message that ExxonMobil Corp. discriminates against its LGBT employees, and to call attention to the need for the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act. The protest was organized by GetEQUAL.
Three ExxonMobil stations in the Oak Lawn area were targeted. Protesters with signs chanted and talked to passersby.
At the station at Lemmon and Wycliff avenues, the manager complained to police soon after two protesters arrived, telling officers that they were hurting his business. Protester Chastity Kirven said an officer came over and said she was only relaying a message and wasn’t stopping the protest.
“Hurting his business. That’s the point,” Kirven said.