Singer Ellie Goulding is threatening to withdraw from the Dallas Cowboys’ Thanksgiving Day halftime performance unless the faith-based Salvation Army – the halftime show’s sponsor – makes a pledge or donation to the LGBTQ community.
Thanksgiving Day is the traditional kickoff to the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign, which runs through Christmas Eve and raised $142.7 million during the 2018 campaign. The funds help provide shelter and meals for the homeless and needy, and Christmas toys for children.
The ministry has a section on its website saying it “is committed to serving the LGBTQ community” through job training, shelter, meals, help with substance abuse, and suicide prevention.
Goulding, though, wants more commitment from the Salvation Army. Her threat on Tuesday came after she posted an Instagram picture endorsing the Salvation Army and showing her volunteering in New York City. A few fans then claimed the ministry was anti-LGBTQ.
“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 on Instagram. “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…
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