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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?
Between the Salvation Army's bell-ringing Santas and thrift-store empire, people often forget that the international group "is actually a Christian church organization with many conservative tenets and a military-style structure," says Zach Ford at Think Progress. And recently, Maj. Andrew Craibe, the media relations officer for Australia's southern territory, reminded us of that fact by agreeing on-air with two gay radio hosts that the Salvation Army believes gay people "should die.
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
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.
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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.
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.
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.
These accusations are patently false. We serve regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. The staff at the local Salvation Army office did not want to make a statement on camera but said over the phone that the claims are false. While Starkey claims he hasn't had any issues with The Salvation Army in Madison, he can only speak for the local chapter.