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RGOD2: Global women’s work ends in New York, but is anyone listening?

Three-thousand women are returning home from the UN after a unique opportunity to share insights and listen to one another. The question remains simply: Were they talking to themselves, or did the world hear about their courage, achievements and their cries?

It was a deeply moving experience for me to listen into this difficult global conversation. Just as LGBT rights in the USA have ensured many of us live in relative safety and comfort, gender equality in the USA has also created a bubble for American women that is not the reality for most women and girls in the world.

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RGOD2: The intersections of oppression and violence

The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women gathers at its midpoint on Friday, March 13 with a huge intergenerational dialogue between the older activists who attended the historic Global Women’s Conference in Beijing 20 years ago, and the new generations of women activists and male allies.

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RGOD2: In praise of our forebears under the rubble - Alan Turing

When Alan Turing died in 1954, I was only a few months old. He was only 41. This previously unknown and unsung gay hero has recently be honored through the recent release of the film “The Imitation Game.”

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RGOD2: Women of Faith. Women of Doubt

As a contribution to the important global reflective process of the Commission on the Status of Women meeting at the United Nations from March 9-20th 2015, the Riverside Coalition is inviting four women leaders from very different backgrounds and experience to share their positions on why two separate movements, fighting against gender and LGBT inequality, need to work more closely together to achieve their missions.

Two movements and the same homophobia rooted in sexism

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RGOD2: Jesus, protect us from your followers

The medieval Irish pilgrim once quipped: “Going to Rome is a lot of work and is exhausting, but you will not find your God there unless you take God with you.”

The quest for the perfect family, even in Rome, may be equally hazardous or fruitless.

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The Rev. Canon Albert Ogle leaving California after 32 years of ministry

SAN DIEGO, California – The Rev. Canon Albert Ogle, a distinguished man of the cloth who has an international pulpit in his quest to further LGBT rights on a global scale and a pastor who is as comfortable caring for people with HIV in remote parts of Africa as hobnobbing with former President Bill Clinton, is leaving his post at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral for a new calling on the East Coast.

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RGOD2: The presence of absence, a reflection on 9/11 and lessons in shared heritage

(Editor's note: RGOD2 traditionally runs on Fridays, but this week's column is being published on 9/11.)

Sometimes when something is taken away from us or removed without our consent or approval, what is taken away takes on a more important function in our internal navigation. This came home to me several years ago while doing some research in Ohrid in Macedonia.

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RGOD2: Making sense (and cents) in the global AIDS epidemic

Two years ago, 26 international activists were invited by the St. Paul’s Foundation and our key partners to attend the 19th International AIDS Conference in Washington DC. Reflecting back two years later, one leader was brutally murdered in Cameroon, another exiled as an expert in Ethiopia, and many of the challenges these wonderful people faced upon returning to their countries, are, in many cases, worse than in 2012.

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RGOD2: How a piggery in remote Uganda is changing LGBT lives trapped in poverty

As a result of donations raised from global LGBT activist Angeline Jackson’s recent visit to Southern California, $1,000 was sent to the Good Samaritan Consortium in Uganda.

JP Conly is a nurse from San Diego who worked with the Consortium last year and while he was there he visited a piggery run by a new organization called Youth on Rock Foundation. This is a wonderful grassroots network of young activists who are using the piggery project to help fellow LGBTQ people get out of poverty and help to prevent the spread of HIV among people under 30.

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RGOD2: Where is God when needed most?

I stood alone Wednesday night in my back yard, heart thumping in my chest, watching 100-foot flames leap and dance in the illumined spray of water. It was both frightening and spectacular as the winds gusted through the trees.