Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Please Give Us Money! But Not From You.

Right now as things stand, it is against federal law to block LGBT people from homeless shelters that receive federal funding.

Homeless shelters are always in need of funding but they turned away one donor,
Homeless Youth Shelter Refuses Donation From Gay Men's Chorus
The New Civil Rights Movement
By David Badash
April 21, 2017

40% of Homeless Youth Are LGBTQ, So Why Not Accept the Donation?
Hearts With A Mission, a faith-based homeless and at-risk youth shelter in Medford, Oregon, has refused a nearly $3000 donation from the Portland Gay Men's Chorus. The only youth center in Josephine County, it seems clear they're helping the most vulnerable in their community, but it's unclear how they can refuse a donation from a group just because that group is gay.

Hearts With A Mission recently asked the city council for an extra $26,000 to cover unexpected expenses, on top of the $50,000 they already receive from taxpayers.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reports "officials from the faith-based group that runs the shelter said the decision to turn down the money was made with thoughts to the safety of the at-risk youths the shelter serves, not to discriminate against the gay men’s group."
Yeah right, and I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.
On its website Hearts With A Mission says it "is not a religious organization," and "not associated with any particular religious congregation." But it makes clear its Christian ideals.
Hearts With A Mission was founded on the same Judeo-Christian values that our nation was built upon. Faith at the shelter will be "lived" not "preached". As founder, I believe in God and the saving grace of His Son Jesus Christ. It will be our desire to serve God by the demonstration of our faith through action by our love for Him and the support of homeless and at-risk youth. It will be our highest honor to serve youth and their families of all backgrounds.
It seems to me that Oregon has the same non-discrimination law as Connecticut and Connecticut bans homeless shelters from refusing LGBT homeless people, so  if they do get the city funding they will not be able to ban LGBT youth from their shelters and they can’t preach to them about “their sins” either.

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