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‘Queer Eye’ Star Karamo Brown Hit With Backlash For Partnering With Anti-LGBTQ Salvation Army

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On Monday, December 7, Queer Eye star Karamo Brown shared a post on Instagram and Twitter announcing his partnership with The Salvation Army to try and raise money for “families in need” this Christmas.

Unfortunately, The Salvation Army has become well-known in recent years for its well-documented anti-LGBTQ behaviors.

As a prominent LGBTQ celebrity, Brown faced harsh backlash online for the partnership.

In 2012, a Salvation Army worker was fired after management discovered she was bisexual.

Trying to fix their anti-LGBTQ public relations problems that same year, company spokesperson George Hood said:

“A relationship between same-sex individuals is a personal choice that people have the right to make. But from a church viewpoint, we see that going against the will of God.”


Though the organization has continued to insist it offers support to people in need regardless of their sexual orientation, many online have trouble believing that is true.

Some of them have even shared anecdotal evidence of LGBTQ discrimination they’ve experienced first-hand.

Many wondered how Karamo Brown could have thought this partnership was a good idea.

His posts on Instagram and Twitter became were more outrageous to some because he was paid for them by The Salvation Army.

Some people considered the possibility that Brown had simply not done his research…but this seemed unlikely.

As of the writing of this article, Brown is still partnering with The Salvation Army, though his fans are urging him to reconsider. 

Collin Gossel

Written by Collin Gossel

Collin Gossel is a writer and comedian living in Brooklyn, New York, but there are nights when he looks up at the stars and wistfully thinks to himself “there’s got to be more out there…” You can catch Collin improvising new musicals every Tuesday night at the Magnet Theater’s Musical Megawatt, or follow his unfiltered thoughts on Twitter and Instagram @CollinGossel.--