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Deceptive social media posts, blogs, and rumors have led some people to believe that The Salvation Army does not serve members of the LGBTQ community.
These accusations are false. Discrimination is antithetical to The Salvation Army’s existence. We serve regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. We are committed to serving the LGBTQ community through a wide range of programs.
The Salvation Army does not discriminate in its employment practices, either. Although The Salvation Army is an evangelical Christian church whose officers are ordained ministers, one does not otherwise have to be a practicing Christian to work for us. We embrace employees of many different faiths and orientations.
False accusations of discrimination are an ugly byproduct of The Salvation Army being one of the largest charities in the world. Every so often, one of our thousands of employees or millions of volunteers will say or do something that runs counter to our beliefs. When these unfortunate events occur, untruths about The Salvation Army can follow.
If you’re still not convinced, please visit any Salvation Army location, anywhere, and see for yourself. Talk to the staff. Pick up a volunteer shift. In doing so, you will discover people of every race, gender, ethnicity, and orientation, receiving critical services from an equally diverse group of loving staff and volunteers.
For further information, read this powerful op-ed written by David Hudson, national commander of The Salvation Army, and published in USA Today on Nov. 22, 2019.