“It’s nice to see politicians using their platforms to give back to their communities during the holiday season — except when they do it with organizations that historically exclude LGBTQ+ people,” the article said.
This is like the 10th problematic thing about @PeteButtigieg to surface in the last few weeks and honestly I am tired of Buttigieg and his supporters dismissing the concerns that black, LGBTQ, and progressive activists have about him. https://t.co/5Zbp2WZ1ZD— Ryan Knight 🏳️🌈🗽 (@ProudResister) December 4, 2019
The author says Buttigieg’s volunteer effort would be “super nice” if only “the Salvation Army didn’t have a well-documented history of discriminating against LGBTQ+ people in need. “
The article cites an incident when a spokesperson for the Salvation Army said that same-sex marriages are “against the will of God,” and mentions a different article that claimed the organization referred people to conversion therapy groups.
In November, singer Ellie Goulding threatened to cancel her performance during the half time show at the Dallas Cowboy’s Thanksgiving Day game — which the Salvation Army was using to kick off its annual Red Kettle Campaign — if the organization did not donate to a pro-LGBT organization.
“Upon researching this, I have reached out to The Salvation Army and said that I would have no choice but to pull out unless they very quickly make a solid, committed pledge or donation to the LGBTQ community. I am a committed philanthropist, as you probably know, and my heart has always been in helping the homeless, but supporting an anti-LGBTQ charity is clearly not something I would ever intentionally do. Thank you for drawing my attention to this.”
However, she reversed course after learning about the organization’s work to help millions of Americans in need.
Out said it was unacceptable for Buttigieg to volunteer at the organization, noting that fast-food chain Chick-fil-A’s foundation announced it would stop donations to the Salvation Army after it came under fire for its contributions to charities seen as anti-LGBT.
In a closing slight, Out appeared to question how “sensitive” Buttigieg is toward “anti-queerness.”
“Even famously homophobic chicken peddlers Chick-fil-A recently severed its relationship with the Salvation Army,” the article said, adding, “and when you’re gay and less sensitive about anti-queerness than Chick-fil-A, that’s pretty bleak.”
Out recommends that Buttigieg support “an organization that was created to cater to the needs of queer people — there’s plenty of them!”