It's that time of year again. Actually, it probably started a while ago for those of you in the US, but it's good to remember each year why lots of LGBT folks don't donate to the Red Bucket. From Lisa Neff:
But I do not. I do not ring the bell for the Salvation Army. I do not donate to the Salvation Army, because the Salvation Army discriminates against gays and lesbians in employment, works to defeat civil rights measures that protect gays and lesbians and promotes position that gay relationships "do not conform to God's will for society."
They also went totally Catholic Church in New York City and San Francisco, saying that they'd cut services if forced to stop discriminating against LGBT people. They lobbied the Bush Administration to get federal money but keep on discriminating against LGBT people.
And then there's this from Mary Shaw:
I have spoken with a number of people who have sought assistance from the Salvation Army in the past, particularly for disaster relief. I was told of how these people were preached to and forced into praying with the Salvation Army folks to their Christian God as a prerequisite for receiving services. If you're Jewish, tough. If you're Hindu, tough. Gotta pray their way, to their God, or else you're not worthy of assistance. It's quid pro quo. Gotta take advantage of people when they're most vulnerable. Contrast this with the secular Red Cross, which just wants to help disaster victims, not save their souls. (In the interest of full disclosure, I personally received help from the Red Cross when my apartment building burned down in 2001. They were extremely helpful and compassionate, and expected nothing in return.)
Go Red Cross. I was once stuck in a blizzard in southern Oregon while on the Greyhound bus, and they set up a disaster relief shelter for the people stuck in the mountains there while Greyhound dropped us off and pretended like we didn't exist. They provided food and asked for nothing in return.
The Salvation Army, on the other hand.... Well, any charity that lobbies to discriminate and practices disaster Christianity doesn't need your extra dollar as you're leaving Target.