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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.

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RGOD2: Getting ready for San Diego Pride

There are many traditions that have developed in the San Diego community over the years to add spice and flavor to one of the nation’s most celebrated events. I must have attended at least 10 Pride parades, half of which I was a cheering spectator and the other half have been marching or riding with someone in the actual parade.

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RGOD2: Hey, Joe Biden! Where’s the beef?

“A week is a long time in politics” -- UK Prime Minister Harold Wilson

I am in Washington DC this week for some important reflections on the state of the global LGBT movement, and things happen so quickly that it is difficult to keep up.