Salvation Army, you fired me for my sexual orientation! Stop discriminating against people for who they are.
  • Petitioned Asit George

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Salvation Army Major
Asit George
Director of Strategic Communication/External Relations
Trish Raines
Divisional Commander Salvation Army Northern Division
James Labossiere
Salvation Army
National Headquarters Public Relations Director
Jennifer Byrd

Salvation Army, you fired me for my sexual orientation! Stop discriminating against people for who they are.

    1. Danielle Morantez
    2. Petition by

      Danielle Morantez

      Winooski, VT

The Salvation Army fired me for being bisexual. I can barely afford to feed my child because I lost my job. I need your help so this never happens to anyone else ever again.

When most Americans think of the Salvation Army, they think of the group’s ubiquitous holiday red kettles and bell ringers. But there’s a dark side behind the smiles: the Salvation Army has a long history of attacking the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Just last month, for example, the Salvation Army in Australia was forced to apologize after an official said that the belief that gays must die is part of the group’s “Christian doctrine.”

And now, this: the Salvation Army fired me from my job – the sole means of support for my husband and and my three-year-old daughter -- because of of my sexual orientation.

For the first two months that I worked for the Salvation Army, everything went well. I doubled the number of clients the Salvation Army was able to serve on a daily and weekly basis, and I streamlined the group’s social services programs. My supervisors gave every indication that my work was exemplary.

But last Friday July 20, I raised concerns about sections in the Salvation Army employee handbook relating to sexual orientation and employment discrimination, and came out as bisexual in the process. On Monday, the Salvation Army fired me and ordered me escorted off the premises.

In my exit interview papers they claimed the reason for my termination was because my "personal beliefs and position do not 100% align with the values of the Salvation Army."

My sexual orientation had absolutely no bearing on the job I did or the quality of my work, yet for the Salvation Army, it was reason enough to fire me. The Salvation Army – an organization that claims to be “Doing the Most Good” – chose to harm me and my family simply because I had the courage to be honest.

Firing someone for their sexual orientation is not “good,” it’s wrong. This needs to stop. Join me by signing this petition asking the Salvation Army to end employment discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people now!

After you sign my petition, please read more about my story at Truth Wins Out.

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    • Josanne Farkas STUDIO CITY, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      I have always supported the Salvation Army, but I doubt that I will continue unless they change their policy.

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    • Lydia Swan LEXINGTON, MA
      • almost 2 years ago

      The Salvation Army used to be a client of mine, and they do great work. It's important that they stand on the side of love and equality. Period.

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    • Stacy Brown FRANKFORD, DE
      • about 2 years ago

      Although I do not agree with the lifestyle for moral reasons, there is no reason for this. I have gay and bi friends and I love them no less. Their private life makes them no less of a person. WE, as humans, aren't to judge. That's Gods job. I will make sure my hard earned money goes elsewhere. (St. Judes doesn't discriminate. Hey, neither does the animal shelter! What's that say?)

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    • Kyle Loretto HOUSTON, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      I can't understand how we can be prejudiced in today's day and age. Especially when God loves all people. Read the book please.

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    • John Woods LOUISVILLE, KY
      • about 2 years ago

      Because the Salvation Army needs to stop discriminating against people based on their sexual orientation!

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