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RGOD2: The World Bank and the LGBT community – is it getting better?

It was two years ago today that the World Bank Spring Meetings had its first official forum where coalition-building among LGBT people and the Bank. The panel drew from straight allies like the Rev. Macdonald Sembereka of Malawi (who served as NGO liaison for President Joyce Banda), Maxensia Nakibuuka of Uganda (who now serves the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kampala, coordinating their HIV programs) and Victor Mukasa, one of the first Ugandan activists who began communicating with western and other LGBT organizations about the plight of his persecuted community.

SDSU's 30th Big Queer BBQ is Thursday

SAN DIEGO, California -- The 30th Big Queer BBQ at San Diego State University (SDSU) is scheduled for Thursday, April 16 from 4-9 pm at the Scripps Cottage on campus.

A beloved LGBT-community tradition at SDSU, the Big Queer BBQ (formerly known as the Big Gay BBQ) has been held twice-yearly since the Fall 2000 semester.

Councilman Todd Gloria to speak about San Diego's LGBT history

SAN DIEGO, California -- Diversionary Theater and Lambda Archives will host a moderated conversation with City Councilman Todd Gloria on Monday April 27 at 7 pm at the theater.

Gloria will speak about San Diego’s LGBT history.

The event is free, but you must first make a reservation HERE.

Hillcrest Town Council's April meeting agenda

SAN DIEGO, California -- The Hillcrest Town Council (HTC) will hold its next monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 14 at 6:30 pm. All Hillcrest residents are encouraged to attend.

See the evening's agenda below, as posted on HTC's website.

6:30 pm: Announcements

6:45pm: Community Representatives & Public Comment

7 pm: Vision Zero San Diego

7:30 pm: Alpha Project

6:30 pm: Announcements

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RGOD2: Brides and bridges of reconciliation

I am back in San Diego today to attend a fundraiser for St. Paul’s Foundation this evening at the home of board member Susan Guinn. It is great to hear how San Diego continues to be on the cutting edge of social movements with today’s Transgender Day of Empowerment when The San Diego LGBT Community Center will host a gathering at 6 pm.

NBA pioneer Jason Collins to speak at local LGBT law association dinner

SAN DIEGO, California – Retired NBA star Jason Collins, the first openly gay player in the professional basketball league, will give the keynote speaker address at the Tom Homann LGBT Law Association's 22nd annual Awards and Installation Dinner.

The dinner is scheduled for Thursday, April 30, at the historic U.S. Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego.

North Park community cleanup scheduled for April 18

SAN DIEGO, California -- A coalition of community organizations and District 3 Councilmember Todd Gloria will host the North Park Spring Community Cleanup on Saturday, April 18 from 8-11 am.

Volunteers are needed to help with the effort, which seeks to make North Park a cleaner place by removing litter and graffiti from the neighborhood.

Participating organizations include North Park Main Street, Urban Corps of San Diego County, the North Park Planning Committee, the North Park Community Association and the San Diego Police Department.

PFLAG, SDHDF to "launch leaders"

SAN DIEGO, California -- PFLAG San Diego County and the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (SDHDF) are coming together for a fundraiser to support the PFLAG SDC scholarship fund.

The inaugural “Launching Leaders” event will consist of a luncheon and scholarship awards reception on May 15.

PFLAG SDC has provided scholarships to deserving LGBT high school seniors and college undergraduate and graduate students since 1998 and have since awarded over $116,000.

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RGOD2: There will always be soldiers at the foot of the cross

My name is Titus Maximus. You do not know me for I have disappeared into the mists of time. I have come back this Good Friday, conjured up like a ghost by the retelling of this strange story about the man you call Jesus. We all have a part in this story. It would be good to hear yours, but today it is my turn.

I am still ashamed of my role in this story, but I have plucked up the courage to be with you and the one who gives me life. There is a line in the story from Mark’s account of the passion of Jesus from a Roman centurion ... the last line, in fact, when a centurion

First-ever Douglas P. Lathrop Scholarship awarded

SAN DIEGO, California -- The first-ever check from the Douglas P. Lathrop Scholarship for the Disabled was given out at the Imperial Court de San Diego's Prince & Princess Royale Ball on Saturday, March 28.

Marco Flores, who is a student working towards his PhD at San Diego State University, was awarded a check for $1,000.

The five-person selection committee, which includes Doug's brother Dan Lathrop and long-time friend Dr, Kathleen Erwin, said felt that Flores was the perfect match for this scholarship to honor Lathrop.