Few images are more iconically Yuletide than a Salvation Army Santa ringing their bell on the street, collecting money for the homeless during the holiday season. A viral post also claimed that the Army continues to discriminate against LGBTQ folks, refusing to house gay homeless couples unless they separate, referring to queer people seeking aid to conversion therapy, and upholding a long-standing policy of not serving trans people in need. But the holiday season is about giving, so why not give your dollars to organizations that are founded on queer values and serve your own community?
All people who come to us for services are offered assistance according to their need and our capacity to help. A majority of homeless LGBTQ people end up on the streets before they turn 18, and one in four is homeless before turning Each year, thanks to generous donations, The Salvation Army serves more than 25 million Americans — or one person every second — from a variety of backgrounds.
Unfortunately, the conversations are at times animated by inaccurate information, innuendo and half-truths. Q: Does The Salvation Army turn people away from its center because that person was gay or lesbian? Q: Does The Salvation Army provide benefits to same-sex partners of employees?
The Christian group has been hit with complaints for its treatment of LGBT people, but its spokesman says they help everyone. Busroe says nothing could be further from the truth. Some gay activists and journalists have accused the Salvation Army of anti-LGBT discrimination over the years, such as one who said the organization two decades ago ordered him to break up with his boyfriend if they wanted to receive services they were homeless at the time. The commission filed complaints in July against four centers, one affiliated with the Salvation Army.
In recent years, the Salvation Army has come under fire for its lengthy history of anti-LGBT political maneuvering and other incidents. The church has publicly articulated its belief that homosexuality is unacceptable, stating :. Scripture opposes homosexual practices by direct comment and also by clearly implied disapproval.
All people who come to us for services are offered assistance according to their need and our capacity to help. Because LGBTQ Americans living in poverty often experience unacceptable homophobia and transphobia, many become homeless. A majority of homeless LGBTQ people end up on the streets before they turn 18, and one in four is homeless before turning
We understand that this might be one of those contentious issues where unanimity is not possible. Director of Social Services Gaby Buntea demonstrated to us that they have been doing a lot of work in this area. And these were conferences that were sponsored by the Salvation Army.
The organisation reports a worldwide membership of over 1. Its founders sought to bring salvation to the poor, destitute, and hungry by meeting both their "physical and spiritual needs". It is present in countries,  running charity shopsoperating shelters for the homeless and disaster relief and humanitarian aid to developing countries.
The Salvation Army is a Protestant Christian denomination famous for its quasi-military structure and the red buckets and bells at Christmas. It was founded by William and Catherine Booth in the nineteenth century to act as " God 's Army" and bring people to salvation. They are part of the Holiness movement.