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Portland Rescue Mission Ministries, Inc.
February 7, 2011

In reponse to Carrie's review, what's most unfortunate is that the local media and the event organizer took this story to the market with only one side to the story. Portland Rescue Mission's decision to not partner with the Dec. 2010 "Queer Quistmas" was a sponsorship decision, not a decision to decline the much-needed and useful contribution of blankets and winter outerwear. We were willing to accept the donations, but the organizer chose to direct the gifts elsewhere (after taking his story to both TV and web). Fortunately, the donated coats still benefited the homeless people of the community who we serve everyday at Portland Rescue Mission. Our decision to decline the sponsorship was primarily based on the urgency of a decision (it was less than 3 weeks away) and our inability to provide all the benefits that the organizer/event would require. We regret the confusion that this issue has created in our local community and the greater community of LGBT concerns.

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I'm on staff with Portland Rescue Mission.

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Be more careful as we interact with potential partners to determine their true motives for offering support.

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & I was the decision-maker on the sponsorship offer.

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