Ellie Goulding to cancel Thanksgiving performance unless Salvation Army offers support to LGBTQ community

New York Daily News 3 weeks ago

Ellie Goulding is giving the Salvation Army a dressing-down.

The British songstress is threatening to cancel her halftime performance at the Cowboys/Bills game on Thanksgiving, the kickoff for the Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign, unless the Protestant Christian organization lends a helping hand to the LGBTQ community, according to The Dallas Morning News.

The 32-year-old’s proposition arrived on the heels of negative reactions to her Instagram post Tuesday about visiting with the organization in New York and praising them for “annually help[ing] more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction and economic hardships through a range of social services.”

The post attracted commenters slamming Goulding for her support of an organization they accused of homophobia and transphobia.

“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,” Goulding wrote, reiterating her position as a “committed philanthropist” devoted to “helping the homeless."

“But supporting an anti-LGBTQ charity is clearly not something I would ever intentionally do,” Goulding added.

Though the organization did not yet say whether the concert would continue as planned, the Salvation Army’s National Commander told the outlet, “With an organization of our size and history, myths can perpetuate. An individual’s sexual or gender identity, religion, or lifestyle has no bearing on our willingness to provide service. We stand firmly behind our mission to meet human needs in His name without discrimination."

The 129-year-old fund-raising campaign helps provide meals and shelter for the hungry and homeless, in addition to other social service programs.

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