The Salvation Army is problematic

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Monday, Queer eye Karamo Brown, a registered psychotherapist and social worker, said he worked with the Salvation Army. But he’s not the first celebrity to partner with the controversial company.

He joins other famous stars, like Becky G, Meghan Trainor, Carrie Underwood, Destiny’s Child, Chris Rock, Kelly Clarkson and Kim Kardashian, among others, who have worked with The Salvation Army in the past.

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Read the full list on the SA website here.

Karamo quickly began to face backlash after publishing his partnership with the organization: “Karamo continues to be so disappointing,” one person wrote.

“Can his PR team do any research before co-signing an organization with known anti-LGBTQ views? One person tweeted.

Can her PR team do some research before co-signing an organization with known anti-LGBTQ views? @Karamo https://t.co/35V4j0r49X

16:16 – 08 Dec 2020

Here is why this backlash is justified.

The Salvation Army has, in fact, a long history of controversy and anti-LGBTQ allegations dating back to the 1980s, according to Vox, Huffington Post and Advocate.

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Like, there’s a full timeline that you can read here.

But more recently, in 2012, a social worker from a branch of the Salvation Army in Vermont alleged that she was fired after her supervisor learned she was bisexual.

That same year – in an attempt to deny the Salvation Army was anti-LGBTQ – spokesperson George Hood said, “A same-sex relationship is a personal choice that people have a right to make. But from the perspective of the church, we see that it goes against the will of God. ”

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Sexual orientation is not a choice and it is not against God’s will. Period.

In 2017, the Salvation Army’s Brooklyn branch reportedly rejected transgender people in their addiction centers, according to ThinkProgress.

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Yet, “The Salvation Army provides all of our services, including, but not limited to: food, shelter and support to survivors of human trafficking; based on gender identity, ”SA representative Laura Krueger said in 2017.

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The Salvation Army has continued to stress that it is not anti-LGBTQ, but because of its past and recent controversies, many people find it hard to believe them.

The Salvation Army forced a homeless trans woman to freeze to death before evicting her from a shelter because she was trans. Don’t give them anything. https://t.co/eN7amZSRq5

15:21 – 17 nov.2019

As a reminder, as a homeless person: the Salvation Army makes you pray for your meals. They make you sit and beg like a dog. They hate queer people. They hate trans people. They are a lie of an organization. Instead, support groups like Outside In. Https://t.co/mlBNOwgoTy

02:21 – 26 nov.2017

So maybe this holiday season – especially when funds and resources are so scarce – think twice about the charities you donate to. Do your research and make sure you stick with the right organization!

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