For years, Facebook posts, forwarded emails and rumors have been leading some people to believe that The Salvation Army does not serve members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) community. These accusations simply aren’t true.
Since its founding nearly 150 years ago, The Salvation Army has lived out its mission: To meet human needs in His name, without discrimination. People who come to the Army for assistance will be served according to their need and our capacity to help – regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation.
Some Internet postings originate in remarks made in a radio interview by Australian Major Andrew Craibe reported by the Truth Wins Out organization. It is emphatically noted that Major Craibe’s comments do not reflect the views, policies, beliefs, or teachings of The Salvation Army anywhere in the world at any time in history.
We acknowledge that because of our size and scope, occasionally one of our millions of employees and volunteers might say or do something that does not reflect our values. We address these incidents as soon as they arise.
The Salvation Army believes that all people are equal, regardless of sexual orientation or any other factor, including race, gender and ethnicity.
“The Salvation Army does not discriminate. Period. We’re here to serve in the name of Jesus Christ in the one way He commanded us to do it – with love and without discrimination. End of story.”
– Envoy Bill Miller, director of The Salvation Army Harbor Light Shelter in Minneapolis
The People We Serve
Each year, thanks to generous donations, The Salvation Army serves nearly 30 million Americans – or one person every second – from a variety of backgrounds. People who come to us for assistance will be served according to their need and our capacity to help – regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation.
More than 20 percent of all residents staying at The Salvation Army’s youth homeless shelter in St. Paul voluntarily identified themselves as gay or lesbian.
The People We Hire
The Salvation Army embraces employees of many different faiths and orientations. Our hiring practices are open to all, and we adhere to all relevant employment laws, providing domestic partner benefits accordingly.
The People Who Support Us
Many people – including those in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community – support us with time and financial resources because of a common cause and commitment: To serve people in need.
Response “I called (Harbor Light) and told them everything – that I was on a fixed income, disabled, transgendered and trying to get away from my ex. It wasn’t even an hour later that they called back and said they’d hold a spot for me. I arrived with nothing but a hope to start my life over and a desire to be strong again. A year and a half later, I was back on my feet. Living there was drama-free and I was never disrespected. They started a community service bug in me that’s kept me active to this very day.”
– Jacquelynn Massengill, Salvation Army volunteer and former transitional housing resident
Questions? Don’t hesitate to follow up with your local Salvation Army or email its National Headquarters at firstname.lastname@example.org.