Because LGBTQ Americans living in poverty often experience unacceptable homophobia and transphobia, many become homeless.
A majority of homeless LGBTQ people end up on the streets before they turn 18, and one in four is homeless before turning 16.
The People We Serve
Each year, thanks to generous donations, The Salvation Army serves more than 25 million Americans – or one person every second – from a variety of backgrounds. People who come to us for assistance will be served according to their need and our capacity to help – regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.
The People We Hire
The Salvation Army embraces employees of many different faiths and orientations. Our hiring practices are open to all, and we adhere to all relevant employment laws, providing domestic partner benefits accordingly.
The People Who Support Us
Many people - including those in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community - support us with time and financial resources because of a common cause and commitment: To serve people in need.
Questions & Answers:
The LGBT Community & The Salvation Army
Does The Salvation Army serve the LGBTQ Community?
Yes. Any person who walks through our doors will receive assistance based on their need and our capacity to help. Our mission is to the preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human need in His name without discrimination.
Does The Salvation Army provide shelter to transgender people?
Yes. When a transgender person seeks help from us, we serve them in the same manner as any other person seeking assistance. Too often, LGBTQ Americans experience unacceptable homophobia or transphobia when seeking shelter. The Salvation Army seeks to be a welcome, safe place for all men, women, and children.
Does The Salvation Army consider the sexual orientation or gender identity of an applicant in its hiring practices?
No. We embrace talented people regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity. Our hiring practices are open to all.
Does The Salvation Army provide benefits to the spouses of employees in same-sex marriages?
Yes. We provide the same benefits to opposite-sex and same-sex couples.
Does The Salvation Army interpret Biblical scripture to be anti-Homosexuality?
No. The Salvation Army has a theology of service. Our position on homosexuality recognizes that there is no scriptural support for demeaning or mistreating anyone for reason of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
The Salvation Army is committed to serving the LGBTQ community through
Almost one-third of transgender people have been rejected from an emergency shelter. The Salvation Army created a dorm in Las Vegas to offer safety and shelter to this group, which is statistically more vulnerable to assault.
Despite progress toward hiring equality, LGBTQ Americans often lack access to educational resources, counseling services, and vocational training to help them obtain well-paying jobs. Our unique programs help individuals cultivate vital life skills needed for successful and stable careers.
LGBTQ youth contemplate suicide at almost three times the rate of heterosexual youth. With a presence in every zip code in the nation, we're committed to providing spiritual and emotional care to those in need regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity.
More than a quarter of LGBTQ Americans are food insecure and rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). As one of the nation's largest providers of social services, we understand the importance of helping people maintain their dignity when looking for nutritious food by providing options.
Help with Substance Abuse
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, LGBTQ adults are more likely than their straight counterparts to abuse substances. The Salvation Army recognizes the need for all people, regardless of income, to have access to rehabilitation programs. Our LGBTQ-friendly programs provide housing, food, counseling, community, and employment as we work to treat the symptoms, and ultimately the root causes, of prolonged alcohol and drug dependence.
In the Media
U.S. News & World Report
A Place to Call Home
Transgender people face homelessness at a much higher rate than the general public. This shelter offers a safe place.
By Susan Milligan
Salvation Army Insists It's On Our Side—Really
Those cheerful bell ringers who stand on sidewalks collecting cash and change in their kettles — are they and their 'army' secretly working against LGBT people?
By Dawn Ennis
Las Vegas Review-Journal
More Options in Las Vegas
Michael Sumling poses in the Safety Dorm for transgender individuals at The Salvation Army in Las Vegas. Photographed before getting his own transitional apartment on campus.
By Michael Lyle
The Salvation Army Denies It's Anti-Gay
Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community benefit from The Salvation Army donations according to a video posted on the website.
By Rita Price
The Kansas City Star
The Salvation Army allows same-sex couples in its family shelters
Legally married same-sex couples won’t be allowed to stay together at City Union Mission.
By Eric Adler