Thursday, May 5, 2016

Salvation Army Promotes Trans-Inclusive Homeless Outreach Program

I've written a bit about the Salvation Army in the past along with its conflicting history with the LGBT communities. I was on YouTube tonight and noticed a more recent video on Salvation Army USA's page featuring a trans woman named Dooley who has struggled with family abuse and abandonment, homelessness, prostitution, and rape. "I've been through Hell. Terrible Hell."

She eventually learned of a unique Salvation Army program in Las Vegas that has a fairly unique program for transgender people, including a safety dorm that protects them from other participants who might victimize them. She eventually transitioned to a transitional apartment unit for up to one year while they helped her work towards the goal of obtaining long-term affordable housing.

I'm still wary about the Salvation Army and its reputation, but I'm heartened by their very public outreach to LGBT people in need. I hope that this outreach continues.

You can watch the entire video here.

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