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Salvation Army Responds to Allegations of LGBTQ+ Discrimination

Regional | by Travis Jackson  

The organization says they are here to help everyone, and don't want you to feel excluded.

It's the Christmas season, which means the Salvation Army is out collecting cash donations to help those less fortunate.

But every year around this time, Salvation Army National Director John McAllister says that social media posts pop up that paint the Sally Anne in a very unflattering way.

McAllister wants to let you know that they do not discriminate against anyone, including the LGBTQ+ community.

McAllister insists that deceptive social media posts, forwarded emails, blogs, and rumors have been leading people to believe that The Salvation Army does not serve members of the LGBTQ+ community. 

He denies any accusations of discrimination from the organization. 

McAllister tells us that they help people regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.

He says that The Salvation Army even opened a new safe space for homeless members of the LGBTQ+ community in Winnipeg this year.

McAllister admits that the Salvation Army do not perform same sex marriages in their churches across the country, but that they are not actively protesting same sex couples.

But it has supported legislation which would allow it to deny employment and federally-funded services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

McAllister says the Sally Anne has always been in the business of helping people, and though they do have religious affiliations, your belief in that system of religious isn't necessary to be part of their community.

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