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Macy’s is dropping its partnership with the Salvation Army

DECEMBER 19, 2017: A Salvation Army soldier conducts collections in Midtown Manhattan.Photo: Shutterstock

Macy’s department store has abandoned a long-standing partnership with the Salvation Army. The charity has been accused of being anti-LGBTQ, but has made a dramatic turnaround over the past decade.

“We reassessed our cause and our community work and made a meaningful commitment to driving societal change by empowering underrepresented youth in our community,” a Macy’s spokesperson said. “With this change, we have made the difficult decision not to continue our partnership with The Salvation Army this holiday season.”

Macy’s is an allied company of the queer community. The store is a leading supporter of The Trevor Project, a suicide prevention hotline for LGBTQ youth. The company focused on its Mission Every One social action plan. They plan to donate $5 billion to “create a more equitable and sustainable future by 2025.”

The LGBTQ community boycotted the Salvation Army for more than a decade after a 2010 article on The Bilerico projecta precursor of LGBTQ Nation, exposed their history of discrimination against the queer community. The evangelical church changed its doctrine on LGBTQ issues and released a guide for volunteers and staff on tackling racism and homophobia, sparking scorn and anger from the religious right.

“The Salvation Army is extremely grateful for the many years of partnership between Red Kettle and Macy’s Corporation,” a Salvation Army spokesperson said in a statement. “Macy’s has decided not to renew our annual Red Kettle agreement in 2022 to focus on other nonprofit causes at this time. We are grateful to all of our national and local Red Kettle partners and the generosity of the public to help us help their neighbors in need, which is bigger than ever this season.

Kenneth Hodder, the national commander of the Salvation Army, strongly chastised Tories upset at the group’s guide to navigating racism.

“Have we made any mistakes over the years?” he asks in a video posted on the band’s YouTube channel. “You bet we have. Do we want to keep learning? You bet.”

“Are we willing to discuss new ways to increase diversity? Absolutely. Discussion is what reasonable people do,” he continued. “But nothing, nothing will change the fundamental commitments that have characterized The Salvation Army for the past 156 years.”

“Our mission is always to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in his name without discrimination. The Salvation Army is not leftist. It’s not right. We are where we have always been: following Jesus Christ.

Full disclosure: The author of this article wrote the original article for the Bilerico Project that sparked the boycott by the LGBTQ community.