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Don’t give to an ‘Army’ that excludes you

They’re a staple of holiday shopping, as ubiquitous as Muzak carols and endlessly repeating “one day” sales: Salvation Army bell ringers stationed just outside store doors, playing on Christmas spirit (and perhaps a little consumer guilt) to get you to drop a few dollars into their ever-present red kettles.

It would merely be a sweet charitable tradition, except that the Salvation Army is no mere charity.

The organization, which conducts numerous programs to aid the poor and others in need, is a militaristic church — a church that does not accept gay people unless we never act on our desire for love and intimacy.

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Last minute media gifts

The L Word: The complete series

Music, movies and books make great holiday gifts, and most can be ordered online — through local LGBT stores or major web retailers — to avoid fighting crowds at the mall.

Here are some options for your gay giving.

MUSIC

“Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album, Volume 2” (Columbia, 2011)