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View Diary: Sandy - Don't forget the Salvation Army. (14 comments)

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  •  They will not help gay people (2+ / 0-)
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    trumpeter, The Marti

    There are stories of gay men and lesbians being thrown out of shelters in the middle of the night. And of refusals to assist people with AIDS. Very homophobic organization. They do help heterosexuals very well, us not at all.

    •  There is one exception (1+ / 0-)
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      The Marti

      The Salvation Army runs two substance abuse treatment facilities in San Francisco; one of those in particular gets many, many LGBT clients, a high proportion of whom are HIV-positive (the city has a "treatment on demand" policy though where you go will depend on where a bed is available). As I am in AA myself I have plenty of friends who've been through their system and most of them have found it remarkably free of prejudice. I suspect that the staff on the local level (many of them former clients rather than "true believers") know who their clientele is and also understand that the city is not going to send them both clients and cash if they don't skirt around their organizational animus as much as possible.

      The national organization is another thing entirely. And I'm NOT going to send them any money.

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