Facebook, Instagram filled with misinformation about HIV prevention drugs, advocates allege
LGBTQ advocates want the social media sites to remove "inaccurate" ads.The letter, which was signed by 52 health groups and LGBTQ organizations and addressed to CEO Mark Zuckerberg , states the groups contacted Facebook about their concerns but the company hasn't pulled down these ads. Lawyers are purchasing these ads in an effort to get LGBTQ users to join lawsuits that allege the HIV prevention pill Truvada increased the risk of bone and kidney problems. A search of Facebook's online ads database confirms these type of ads are running on the site.
Does The Salvation Army serve the LGBTQ Community? Yes. Any person who walks through our Does The Salvation Army consider the sexual orientation or gender identity of an applicant in its In providing its programs and services, The Salvation Army is committed to accommodating all those
The Salvation Army states that numerous clients at its soup kitchens and homeless shelters are members of the LGBT community, and that these individuals are served without discrimination. The Salvation Army has given no indication that it intends to change any of these anti -LGBT policies.
Salvation Army bell ringers, the folks you see jingling bells by red kettles at Christmastime, will be carrying a new prop this year: A card explaining the Christian church and charity's approach to LGBTQ people.
Designed to help bell ringers answer questions from passersby, the cards include a link to online testimonials from LGBTQ people helped by the Salvation Army's array of social services, from homeless shelters to rehab clinics and food pantries.
Roseville Police Nab Suspect In Salvation Army Red Kettle Theft
ROSEVILLE (WWJ) - A man suspected of stealing a Salvation Army Red Kettle in Roseville has been arrested. Acting on a tip, police arrested 53-year-old Jeffrey Claydon on Detroit's east side Wednesday on unrelated drug charges. "Grinch who stole Christmas in custody," police headlined a statement announcing the arrest. Investigators say the Eastpointe man cut the security wire and stole the red kettle outside a Walmart store on Gratiot near 14 Mile last Friday when the bell ringer stepped away.Claydon is expected to be turned over to Roseville police once his criminal case in Detroit is complete.
The Salvation Army of Dane County directly addresses these claims on their website, saying, "Deceptive social media posts, forwarded emails, blogs "When I first started working here a dozen years ago, the Salvation Army was not accepting transgender clients," he said, but through years of
The Salvation Army has opened a homeless shelter for LGBT people in Winnipeg, Canada. “When an organization has had a negative history with the community, it’s the responsibility of that organization to change the perception within the community, and I’m not feeling like the Salvation
"For years, Facebook posts, forwarded emails and rumors have been leading some people to believe the Salvation Army does not serve members of the LGBTQ community," the cards read. "These accusations are simply not true."
To many Americans, the Army's social services may be far more familiar than its politics or theology. Ranked number two in the Chronicle of Philanthropy's list of "America's Favorite Charities," it. The Red Kettle campaign began 129 years ago, when a Salvationist put out a pot for the needy on Market Street in San Francisco.
A second ancient gold coin found in a Salvation Army Red Kettle in Tampa
The Salvation Army seems to have a very generous secret Santa. For the second time in six days, the organization is reporting they found a rare gold coin from the years 44-22 BC donated in one of their Red Kettles. The coin is worth $3,000, according to the Salvation Army. This time the anonymous donor wrapped the coin in a dollar bill and left a note, according to the Salvation Army. "My hope is to continue drawing attention to such a wonderful organization. The whole country should know about the amazing things The Salvation Army does for their community,” wrote the donor. On Dec. 6 the Salvation Army said they found a similar gold coin in a Red Kettle.
The Salvation Army has been the target of LGBT rights activists for over a decade. In 2001, the Salvation Army sought to avoid federal laws requiring That same year, the organization actively lobbied to change how the Bush administration would distribute over billion in grants and tax
Related: Salvation Army busted discriminating against transgender people (again). “Political or social opinions (such as hot topic issues like LGBTQ Marriage Of course, Starnes’ report has the religious right up in arms with his report. Not because the group is trying to brush their anti - LGBTQ history
But to some in the LGBTQ community, the Salvation Army has another reputation. For decades, they've accused Salvationsts of denying some services to same-sex couples, advocating against gay rights and adhering to a traditional theology that considers gay sex sinful. At times, LGBTQ activists have dropped fake dollar bills or vouchers protesting the Salvation Army in the red kettles.
"The Salvation Army has been advertising that it will help LGBTQ people in need, which is a good step, but it can't be the only step," said Ross Murray a director of education and training at GLAAD.
"The Salvation Army's anti-LGBTQ history was multi-faceted. And its path to LGBTQ acceptance is also going to have to be multi-faceted."
Army-Navy game: Academies looking into students' hand symbols during pregame broadcast
Video shows students holding up what appears to be the White Power symbol during the pregame show for the 120th meeting of the service academies.Spokespersons from the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy told USA TODAY Sports they have been made aware of the issue - which blossomed on social media as the game wore on - and the schools are looking into it.
In addition to anti -gay fights which the Salvation Army has participated in, they have also fought in In 2001, the organization tried to extract a resolution from the White House that they could ignore local Also in 2001, the evangelical charity actively lobbied to change how the Bush administration
Q: Does The Salvation Army turn people away from its center because that person was gay or lesbian? So, it’s important to look at the statement in its full context. It’s also important to note that our In a nutshell, The Salvation Army was attempting to ensure that it and other religious charities
In the past, Salvation Army leaders have sought exemptions from federal and state anti-discrimination laws designed to protect LGBTQ people. They have also joined other conservative religious groups in opposing same-sex marriage.
Criticism of the army among LGBTQ supporters peaked in 2012 when a church leaderthat gay people should be put to death. (The organization apologized and said the leader had not accurately conveyed .)
But Salvation Army leaders say the group no longer lobbies or signs public letters pushing for specific policies, with the exception of tax laws. Some are frustrated their anti-gay reputation still sticks.
"It's the conversation that never seems to go away," Commissioner David Hudson, the Salvation Army's National Commander in the United States, told CNN in an interview.
"My frustration is that someone picks something out of a Twitter feed or reads an old article and doesn't take the time to visit us."
Last month, British singerat a Red Kettle Campaign event in Texas because she believed the Salvation Army to be anti-LGBTQ. Goulding later changed her mind and performed. Earlier this month , who is gay, for participating in Salvation Army events as mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
Ads on Facebook are spreading misinformation about anti-HIV drugs
While many are focused on Facebook's unwillingness to curb false political ads, there appears to be another misinformation campaign going unchecked. The Guardian and GLAAD have noted that personal injury law firms continue to run Facebook ads making false claims about the risks of Truvada, a drug meant to reduce the likelihood of HIV transmission. Some float the specters of bone loss and kidney damage despite evidence that the risks of either are "not clinically significant," according to the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.
First, a photo-shopped image of two Salvation Army kettle workers below a kettle sign that reads: “Gays Not Allowed.” We stand by the rejection of those comments still. We sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community and to our clients, employees, donors and volunteers for the offence caused by
LGBTQ Nation articles, photos and commentary tagged Salvation Army - The She doesn’t want to support the Salvation Army because of its history of discrimination against LGBTQ people. After years of trying to rehabilitate their image, they’re still giving money to organizations that promote “This is a threat to our reputation , our fundraising efforts, and ultimately our ability to serve people in
Chick-fil-A pulls its support
Attacks from gay rights groups are one thing. But many conservative Christians, and the Salvation Army itself seemed perplexed when the Christian-owned fast food franchise Chick-fil-Aand another Christian organization.
, Chick-fil-A didn't explain the change but said it would focus on donating to charities involved in education, hunger and homelessness. Critics of Chick-fil-A's move noted the Salvation Army has focused on hunger and homelessness for more than 150 years.
A Chick-fil-A spokeswoman declined to answer questions from CNN.
Conservative Christians, who had lauded Chick-fil-A's founder for vocally supporting traditional Christian values even as it became the country's third-largest fast food franchise, turned on the company.
Some treated its jilting of the Salvation Army as a surrender in the culture wars -- or worse, a betrayal.
"For a lot of us, Chick-fil-A's quiet, cheerful resistance was a model of how to hold on to your Christian values, in spite of progressive spite, and still succeed,".
Other conservative Christians were more circumspect, noting that Chick-fil-A never explained why it was no longer donating to the Salvation Army.
High school students hoist Confederate banner after classmates hand out rainbow flags
Students at a southern Missouri high school displayed a Confederate flag in the school’s lunchroom last week in response to LGBTQ students handing out rainbow flags.Rose, a 15-year-old sophomore at West Plains High School, said she and her friends ordered about 60 rainbow flags on Dec. 9 and began handing them out to other students in a show of inclusiveness.
How does the Salvation Army spend its money? The Salvation Army is at work in 120 countries around the world and generally enjoys an extremely high reputation . LGBTQ folks have been treated quite badly, historically speaking. They’ve been denied services, or kicked out of programs. They’re also fairly anti -Semitic.
The Salvation Army in the United States of America. The Salvation Army exists to meet human need wherever, whenever, and however we can.
In the battle over same-sex marriage, some pro-LGBTQ activists have said Christians would be more appreciated if they foreswore politics and focused on helping the poor.
But that doesn't seem to be true in the Salvation Army's case, said Ed Stetzer, Dean of the School of Mission, Ministry and Leadership at Wheaton College, an evangelical school in Illinois.
"The Salvation Army is in fact more known for helping the poor than for being a church," he said. "And these are the bad guys? Who are they going to go after next, Mother Teresa?"
Some want a truce. Others are wary
Still, there some indications that relations are thawing between the Salvation Army and some LGBTQ leaders.
Nine years ago, the Bay Area Reporter, the "newspaper of record" for San Francisco's large gay and lesbian community, published an editorial urging readers not to drop a dime into the Salvation Army's red kettles.
This year, the newspaper published, including quotes from LGBTQ people who said the Christian charity had "saved my life."
"I do not, as a gay man, love its positions on same-sex marriage," San Francisco District Supervisor Rafael Mandelman told the Bay Area Reporter, "but the reality is the Salvation Army is one of the most important providers of substance use treatment and shelter to homeless folks in San Francisco. Many, many queer people have turned their lives around with the help of the Salvation Army."
Like a lot of Christian organizations, the Salvation Army's policies and positions on homosexuality are multi-layered. Salvationists' 3,480 ordained clergy -- known in the church's quasi-military structure as "officers" -- are expected to be married to a member of the opposite sex or remain celibate.
Army, Navy investigations: GameDay hand signals were for 'circle game,' not white supremacist sign
Investigations conducted by the U.S. Military Academy and the Naval Academy found hand gestures by Cadest and Mids were for a children's game instead.The U.S. Military and Naval Academies both independently wrapped up their investigations into the hand signals used by cadets and midshipmen that were broadcasted during ESPN's College GameDay prior to the Army-Navy game on Saturday.
As the holidays approach, the Salvation Army bell ringers are out in front of stores dunning On its webpage, the group claims that “the services of The Salvation Army are available to all who Also in 2001, the evangelical charity actively lobbied to change how the Bush administration would distribute
Salvation Army speaks out against anti -gay claims "Along with the usual information about holiday giving, red kettles and bell-ringers, the website for the Salvation Army in Central Ohio features a Setting the record straight on the Salvation Army "Has the Salvation Army changed its stripes?
But the rest of the Salvation Army's nearly 60,000 employees, members and volunteers do not have to abide by that prohibition. Hudson said he knows a number of Salvation Army employees who are in same-sex marriages.
"When I hear people say that we need to change this or that, I think: We are who we are," said Hudson. "We will always serve anyone and everyone. If they agree or disagree with us, we still serve them."
Some LGBTQ Christians have urged gay-rights activists to declare a truce with the Salvation Army.
"The gay left hates and wants to persecute orthodox Christians, however much good they do," the conservative gay writerafter Out magazine slammed Buttigieg for working with the Salvation Army. "And they've taken over the movement."
But others insist they remain leery of the Salvation Army. As recently as 2017, some noted, New York's Commission on Human Rights charged a Salvation Army drug rehab center with gender identity discrimination for "."
"I think LGBTQ people are still wary," said Murray of GLAAD. "And they realize there are other charity organizations that meet the same need (and) which can also use their donations."
In other words, the Salvation Army bell ringers may need more than a card to turn public opinion around.
An Iowa man has been sentenced to 15 years after burning an LGBT flag hanging from a church .
A man has been sentenced to 15 years after burning an LGBT flag hanging from a church in Iowa. © Central Iowa Police Adolfo Martinez did not fight the charges, saying he committed the act "intentionally" Adolfo Martinez was found guilty on Wednesday after tearing down and burning the flag which was flying at the Ames United Church of Christ in June. Martinez said he removed the flag because he didn't believe the church should support the LGBT community since it is a house of worship, the police report read."It was an honor to do that," Martinez told CNN affiliate KCCI.