LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — The Salvation Army’s legendary anti-transgender/LGBT stance is particularly belittling to transgender people from a basic human need standpoint. As class of people, trans people are among the most in dire need of economic, housing, food and other basic necessities, yet they must deny their own identities if they are to stay alive when it comes to assistance from the Salvation Army.
One could argue the one with the money makes the rules. But it’s not as simple as that. The Salvation Army has become one of the world’s largest charities in collecting contributions from the public. They succeed at this by using marketing campaigns pretending to do good, especially around the holidays — but what many don’t know, is after taking the money, they attach their own moral views and political agendas to the funds and dispense it accordingly.
Before you toss some coins into a red kettle, consider this little incident that happened last summer in Australia — two LGBT journalists were interviewing one of the organization’s Australian media relations directors, Major Andrew Craibe on a radio program:
[Journalist]: According to the Salvation Army, [gay people] deserve death. How do you respond to that, as part of your doctrine?
Craibe: Well, that’s a part of our belief system.
[Journalist]: So we should die.
Craibe: You know, we have an alignment to the Scriptures, but that’s our belief.
The Salvation Army, of course, later backtracked, including the pulling out of the oft-used excuse of meaning ‘spiritual death, not an actual death.’
Don’t be fooled. There are better organizations to donate your money to.
UPDATE: Dec. 12, 2013. From TransGriot:
“[In 2008,] transwoman Jennifer Gale was found dead sleeping on an Austin sidewalk outside a homeless shelter run by the Salvation Army. . . .
The reason she was outside on the sidewalk instead of inside the shelter is because they would not allow her to be housed with the women because of genitalia incongruent with her gender presentation. She would have been forced by their policies to be housed with cisgender men.
Austin was in the grip of unseasonable cold in 2008, and the postulation by EMT’s is the near freezing temperatures helped trigger the heart attack that killed her. . . .”
UPDATE-2 May, 2014 – From Lexie Cannes State of Trans:
“Jodielynn Wiley, run out of a small town for being transgender, tried to seek safety in Dallas, Texas. After finding emergency shelter, the Salvation Army initially told her she couldn’t seek long term housing there because her lack of surgery disqualified her. Although the SA later backtracked on that comment, they continued to place newer applicants into long-term housing, bypassing her.”
An earlier report I wrote about the Salvation Army: https://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2011/11/25/lets-not-forget-the-salvation-army-discriminates-against-us/
More about the Australian incident: Salvation Army Official: Gays Deserve Death – Global – The Atlantic Wire.
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