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posted Friday, December 2, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 48
Gay groups boycott Salvation Army red kettle drive
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Gay groups boycott Salvation Army red kettle drive

By James Eng, msnbc.com

The Salvation Army's annual red kettle fundraising campaign is not getting a ringing endorsement from gays and lesbians.

Gay-rights groups are urging a boycott of donations to the iconic holiday bell-ringers, saying the Salvation Army has a history of discriminating against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people -- a charge the charity denies.

'As the holidays approach, the Salvation Army bell ringers are out in front of stores dunning shoppers for donations. If you care about gay rights, you'll skip their bucket in favor of a charity that doesn't actively discriminate against the LGBT community,' Bil Browning, editor-in-chief of The Bilerico Project, a national LGBT blog, wrote in a recent post titled 'Why You Shouldn't Donate to the Salvation Army Bell Ringers.'

'While you might think you're helping the hungry and homeless by dropping a few dollars in the bright red buckets, not everyone can share in the donations. Many LGBT people are rejected by the evangelical church charity because they're 'sexually impure.'

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