LGBT discrimination: Debunking the myth
Roseville, Minn. – For years, Facebook posts, forwarded emails and rumors have been leading 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 in the U.K. 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. Watch our nondiscrimination statement video and read testimonials about how we serve without discrimination.
Some Internet postings reference 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.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army Northern Division serves more than 481,000 people a year through its local centers of operation. Annually it serves 992,000 hot meals and provides 450,000 nights of shelter. More than 80,500 local volunteers help The Salvation Army provide these and other services, from child daycare to senior housing. Learn more about Salvation Army volunteer opportunities or make an online donation.