Since it is now, officially, the holiday season, the Salvation Army buckets are gonna be going out soon and reminder that they are extremely anti-LGBT*PQIA+ so the red buckets and bell-ringing Santas can go fuck themselves.
but also don’t be…
For the record. The Salvation Army never denies anyone that is in need. Regardless of color, creed, or sexuality. (Though they do want everyone to be Christian, they feel it’s more important that they help people.) Here’s some stuff about it. <X> <X>
So I guess Jennifer Gale hasn’t really been dead for five years because a Salvation Army shelter turned her away in the middle of a blizzard? Good to know.
There are other charity organizations that we can donate. Salvation Army isn’t the only one. And thank God it isn’t. It doesn’t deserve your money.
If you’re in the UK, Stonewall Housing is an organisation that provides housing for LGBT homeless people. Give them your money.
If you’re in the US? The Sylvia Rivera Law Project.
It’s important to keep in mind that while it’s certainly true of the Salvation Army, they also run a number of spaces that do great things in supporting vulnerable LGBTQ people, and they often rely on the winter uptake in donation to keep running.
Before you decide to boycott the Salvation Army as a whole, look into what your local organisation is doing. Places like Booth Brown House are safe havens for queer kids this holiday season (a time when they are far more likely to be made homeless), and they shouldn’t have to suffer for the terrible, messed up things other parts of a large charity are doing.