LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — Every year around Christmas time the red kettles of the Salvation Army come out and like clockwork, trans writers remind our friends and allies not to give to the Salvation Army because of their long-time anti-trans bias.
Also like clockwork, we hear from trans people who were helped by their local SA agency and insist that we ought not take on the SA because they sometimes do good for trans people.
There is some merit to “sometimes do good for trans people,” but this is only because some local agencies choose to ignore the anti-trans/LGBT culture at top: in short, according to a one top ranking Salvation Army spokesperson who blurted out the truth, they wish us dead.
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.
Wiley filed a complaint with Dallas’s Fair Housing Office and eventually was able to find space at elsewhere at the Trans Pride Initiative’s Shared Housing Project.
The Salvation Army has a long way to go, still.
The deadly tactics of the Salvation Army: https://lexiecannes.com/2012/12/02/dont-donate-to-anti-transgender-salvation-army-this-holiday-season/
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