Buttigieg Shredded By LGBT Magazine For Volunteering At ‘Homophobic' Salvation Army
Presidential hopeful faces backlash for volunteering with the church group.
Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg faced backlash from an LGBTQ magazine after he volunteered for The Salvation Army, a charity group the outlet accuses of being "homophobic."
LGBT's Out magazine wrote that the Mayor "should have supported an organization... created to cater to the needs of queer people" instead of The Salvation Army.
Buttigieg also faced criticism on social media for or his volunteering with the church group.
According to the South Bend Tribune article from 2015, Buttigieg also took part in that year's Ring Off campaign.
"It's nice to see politicians using their platforms to give back to their communities during the holiday season—except when they do it with organizations that historically exclude LGBTQ+ people," Out magazine wrote on Tuesday.
“The gesture would be super nice of Buttigieg if the Salvation Army didn’t have a well-documented history of discriminating against LGBTQ+ people in need,” the magazine added.
The magazine also mentions that the Salvation Army spokesperson George Hood said that same-sex relationships run “against the will of God," as told reported in the Chicago Tribune.
Last month, liberal English singer Ellie Goulding threatened to cancel a halftime show at the Dallas Cowboys football game because the Salvation Army was running a charity drive.
It was later discovered that fans had misinformed the singer.
The musician ultimately decided to go ahead with the performance, saying it was her "passion to help the homeless and eventually eradicate it completely."
The Red Kettle Ring-off is under way! Text SOUTHBEND to 91999 to donate for today’s friendly competition with Mishawaka. pic.twitter.com/gmfRynko13— City of South Bend (@CityofSouthBend) November 28, 2017
“Upon researching this, I have reached out to The Salvation Army and said that I would have no choice but to pull out unless they very quickly make a solid, committed pledge or donation to the LGBTQ community,” responded Goulding, according to Fox 4.
“I am a committed philanthropist as you probably know, and my heart has always been in helping the homeless, but supporting an anti-LGBTQ charity is clearly not something I would ever intentionally do.”
Earlier this year, Buttigieg branded supporters of President Donald Trump as "committed racists."
When a reporter asked Buttigieg if he would try and win over Trump supporters, he replied, “No.”
“The reality is there are a lot of committed racists whose vote I’m never going to get, and that’s alright,” Buttigieg said.