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Salvation Army should apologize
Your December 5 issue makes clear that the Salvation Army has undertaken an effort to rehabilitate its image within the LGBTQ community ["Salvation Army vows LGBTs are welcome"]. Its pledge not to discriminate against us in providing services is indeed welcome, but it's also the bare minimum that we and local officials should expect.

Strikingly, in both Matthew S. Bajko's article and the accompanying op-ed, Salvation Army Commissioner Kenneth G. Hodder chose not to take the simplest, easiest action to make amends: apologize for the organization's long history of homophobia and pledge its unequivocal support for full LGBTQ human rights.

Until and unless that happens, I'll continue to send my charitable dollars elsewhere.

Bruce Mirken
San Francisco

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