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Out HGTV Designer David Bromstad Defends Participation in Anti-Gay Salvation Army's Fundraiser

BromstadOut HGTV designer David Bromstad is hosting an event for the Salvation Army on October 18 in Fort Lauderdale and many of his fans are unhappy that Bromstad would be supporting such a blatantly anti-gay organization.

The Salvation Army's bias against gays is well documented, including statements by officials that homosexuality is "an unacceptable urge", its lobbying against same-sex marriage in the UK and Australia, its threat to stop serving NYC if it had to obey an equal benefits ordinance, and its statement by an official last year that gays should be put to death.

Wrote Bromstad on Facebook over the weekend:

Dear fans,

I've read your feedback on my participation with The Salvation Army USA, as an openly gay person whom just happens to also be a celebrity, I took the Salvation Army's request to participate in their fundraiser as one step in the right direction towards equality. If we simply separate ourselves from those that we assume appose us or our beliefs then we will never make strides in the right direction. I applaud the Salvation Army's symbolic handshake towards acceptance and would be foolish to not extend my hand in acceptance.

SalvationarmyLast year, radio host Stephanie Miller apologized after allowing a rep from the Salvation Army on her show caused a firestorm of anger from her listeners. The rep. blatantly lied after she asked if the organization was anti-gay. Miller said she had not done her research on its "long and checkered history in olving LGBTQ people".

Do you agree with Bromstad's strategy?

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  1. This guy is a pig. I live in Miami and have been hit on by him and his bf in person and approached by him on Manhunt to do a threeway. He just wants money. Oh, and he is barely a "celebrity".

    Posted by: Jesse | Sep 30, 2013 9:08:05 AM

  2. David, as an openly gay man why don't you ask to spend a night in one of their shelters? See how far that will get you. Perhaps you can help Elton decorate the set for his upcoming Russian act. Your rationalization is a sad and pathetic statement.

    Posted by: chuck | Sep 30, 2013 9:18:14 AM

  3. David, as an openly gay man why don't you ask to spend a night in one of their shelters? See how far that will get you. Perhaps you can help Elton decorate the set for his upcoming Russian act. Your rationalization is a sad and pathetic statement.

    Posted by: chuck | Sep 30, 2013 9:18:35 AM

  4. The Salvation Army is a very old religious organization that has done, and continues to do, many good and worthy things. It is not a hate group by any stretch of the imagination and it is held in very high regard by many if not most Americans and Britons. Efforts to demonize it by the gay community only make our community look petty and self-interested. At the same time, recognizing the SA's good works does not require anyone to agree with their religious beliefs about anything, including gay rights.

    Posted by: Perry | Sep 30, 2013 9:21:01 AM

  5. Maybe he can go to Russian with Elton and talk Putin into getting rid of that little anti-gay law they have over there. Idiot.

    Posted by: peterparker | Sep 30, 2013 9:27:57 AM

  6. He's not a celebrity and that's not a strategy. That's the act of someone who had five seconds of attention and is desperate to take the only offer that's come his way to have more. He's not trying to build bridges with the delusional bigots of the SA, he's grasping at his one opportunity to get a sixth second.

    Posted by: oncemorewithfeeling | Sep 30, 2013 9:28:46 AM

  7. I think he is doing the right thing.

    @Jesse: I don't really believe you anyway, but even so, how would being hit on by him and his boyfriend make him a pig?? And furthermore, how does that give you insight into whatever his motivations (financial or otherwise) may be for participating?

    Posted by: Lucas H | Sep 30, 2013 9:30:11 AM

  8. Nope

    Posted by: Alex | Sep 30, 2013 9:32:41 AM

  9. For the past few Christmases, our company has participated in the Salvation Army's Adopt-a-Family program. We started off sponsoring one family & last year we raised it to four. Every cent we raise goes directly to the family - we collect the money, do the shopping & deliver the food & gifts to their homes ourselves. All we get from the SA is the list of beneficiaries. We usually select single parent / new immigrant (sometimes refugee) families. We never ask about the recipients' religious beliefs, if any. The pleasure & satisfaction we derive from meeting those families, & especially the kids, cancels out any misgivings we might have about the organization's anti-gay stance. Real charity is meant to come from the heart. Try it - you'll like it.

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Sep 30, 2013 9:35:59 AM

  10. Attitudes change one mind at a time. His actions certainly had more potential to create change than raging against the SA. (Full disclosure, though, I won't drop my dimes for their Santas).

    Posted by: Liam | Sep 30, 2013 9:38:32 AM

  11. If she's such a celebrity, she should get someone to copy-edit her press releases. That's not the correct use of "whom."

    Posted by: alex | Sep 30, 2013 9:39:11 AM

  12. I won't be watching any of his shows again, not that they were very high on my watch list to begin with. Easy to ignore.

    Posted by: Ken | Sep 30, 2013 9:41:09 AM

  13. @leroy have you ever had, or do you ever expect to have, a needy GAY family to assist? that is a problem. perhaps your organization can research for gay families to add to your SA list.

    Posted by: bandanajack | Sep 30, 2013 9:46:05 AM

  14. What a poorly written statement. It makes him look like a vapid moron. @LEROY LAFLAMME what makes you think that SA is the only way to be charitable and that you're the only one doing it?

    Posted by: JWL | Sep 30, 2013 9:47:08 AM

  15. If you want to do some good, there are plenty of other charities. There is no reason whatsoever to stick with the SA. They don't have a monopoly.

    They aren't even a charity. The SA is literally a church.

    Posted by: Steve | Sep 30, 2013 9:50:31 AM

  16. A celebrity? He is famous in US? Never heard of him.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Sep 30, 2013 9:53:29 AM

  17. Sorry, "Leroy," but you don't get a pass. There are plenty of other organizations that do the same and are not hateful, bigoted and discriminatory in their practices. Dig a bit deeper.

    Posted by: CVP | Sep 30, 2013 9:56:58 AM

  18. Well I am squarely in the not supporting David's strategy camp. If he were to be having a policy and position discussion with them as part of this event, that might be a different story, but his participation is just serving to normalize and condone their bigotry, and allow them to not be held accountable for past statements and beliefs. I for one do not donate to my local salvation army even though it is right around the corner, nor do I drip change into the annoying, in your face Christmas-guilt buckets, choosing instead to support other organizations such as ox-fam. What is really needed is someone high-profile to call them out and challenge them, and it is not going to be him through this event.

    Posted by: DrJustino | Sep 30, 2013 10:06:41 AM

  19. If your star power is supporting bigoted, anti-gay causes, then you will be perceived as supporting bigoted, anti-gay causes. If you or your career cannot handle this perception, then don't use your star power to support bigoted, anti-gay causes.

    It should be as simple as that.

    Posted by: Gregory In Seattle | Sep 30, 2013 10:09:13 AM

  20. As a snowbird in SoFla - WilMa in particular - I can commend Miss Bromstad, hopefully with an editor and interpreter, to a few excellent local charities besides the faith-based Sally's: POVERELLO and OUT OF THE CLOSET all do great work, with nary a lobbying effort against gay rights record to deny between them.
    She was kinda interestingly pretty, but never a brain trust - nor a skilled designer. I blame the handlers for steering her off course. If a barrier-breaking pioneer is needed in the charity world, please let it be consistently literate: howzabout Nate Berkus instead? She fine!

    Posted by: Wavin' Dave | Sep 30, 2013 10:10:43 AM

  21. @Perry - " It is not a hate group by any stretch of the imagination"

    Because operating homeless shelters for straight people ONLY is a good thing? Calling for the death of gay people is perfectly acceptable when you give food to non-gay people?

    The group is a paramilitary fundamentalist cult, and always has been. The only reason why they are held in high regard is because their PR lets people like you be willfully ignorant of what they are really all about.

    Posted by: Gregory In Seattle | Sep 30, 2013 10:12:01 AM

  22. sorry, I do not agree with Mr. Bromstad as I don't think Salvation Army will change its stance on the glbt community.....I agree with him in theory IF someone or an organization is open to changing its stance, but I do not see that with Salvation Army

    Posted by: Bernie | Sep 30, 2013 10:17:33 AM

  23. Sounds like the "strategy" of so many gay men who are reviled and despised by a group, but still participate so as to be a part of something - gay teens in HS, gay Catholics? It has been every so, and this "strategy" brings about very slow progress, if any, while at the same time diminishing the dignity of those who "go along."

    Posted by: Fahd | Sep 30, 2013 10:24:57 AM

  24. Mixed feelings about this. My first reaction is, "nope, he shouldn't work with them". Then again, I'm a professional photographer, and if they hired me to document some of their work, I'd probably take the money and run. The closest I've come to having to deal with this is I was hired once by a Republican to do his campaign portrait. Yeah, I took the money and did it. How many of us can claim our jobs are totally free of any negative impact?

    Posted by: GThomas | Sep 30, 2013 10:25:59 AM

  25. The fact that he says that we "assume they appose [sic] us" shows that he is speaking out without taking the time to become informed on the issue. There is no assumption that they oppose us. There is a long public record of their anti-gay words and deeds. The director of the Australian branch of the SA went on an anti-gay tirade that was worthy of Fred Phelps.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Sep 30, 2013 10:32:01 AM

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