Does the Salvation Army Discriminate Against LGBT People?

November 19, 2014

The bell ringers and red kettles will be showing up soon outside stores across the US.  Like many LGBT people I stopped donating a few years ago when I realized that the Salvation Army had a very anti-LGBT stance and track record.  I regretted the donations I’d made before I realized the extent of their discriminatory record.

Apparently so did many other people. When the story about their policies broke nationally donations went down.

Since that time the Salvation Army has been making changes.  They’ve removed anti-gay rhetoric from their websiteadded a page expressing a non-discrimination policy, removed links to two ex-gay organizations, and extended domestic partner benefits to employees.

However, they still prohibit their officers (clergy) from participating in same-sex marriage ceremonies.

I think it’s up to each of us to decide if the changes at the Salvation Army are enough to earn back our change.

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Lē Weaver (Marg Herder)
Lē Weaver identifies as a non-binary writer, musician, and feminist spiritual seeker. Their work draws attention to: the ongoing trauma experienced by women and LGBTQIA people in this “Christian” society; Christ/Sophia’s desire that each of us move deeper into our own practice of non-violence; and the desperate need to move away from an androcentric conception of God.

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