An image circulating online shows a Salvation Army sign which reads, “Gays Not Allowed.” Today we look at the image to determine whether or not it is real or fake.
The image is fake.
It was digitally altered to include this offensive text.
The photo is often included with the true story about an Australian Salvation Army Major who expressed anti-gay beliefs back in 2012, along with follow-up stories debating the Salvation Army’s stance on the LGBTQ community. It has been suggested that the image was altered to provide a visual representation for these news reports.
Below is the fake image along with the original, which we found in this Pegasus News story (archived) from 2009:
The Salvation Army “Gays Not Allowed” photo has been digitally edited to include the offensive text.
- BREAKING: LGBT People Should Be Put to Death, Says Aussie Salvation Army Major (John M. Becker, Truth Wins Out: June 22, 2012)
- Salvation Army Official: Gays Deserve Death (Alexander Abad-Santos, The Atlantic Wire: June 25, 2012)
- Salvation Army says “Gays Need to Be Put to Death” (David Volz, RichardDawkins.net: June 10, 2013)