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Dear Bishop: I Wear a Rainbow Ribbon Because... Launching Advent: A Season of Hope for LGBT Youth (Watch video by clicking on link below)

To help make the pre-Christmas season of Advent a time of hope for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth, a coalition of progressive Catholic organizations has organized a massive campaign of wearing rainbow ribbons to church as a way of showing solidarity and support for young people who may be the victims of bullying or may be contemplating suicide.

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Civil Disobedience and Vigils to Occur During National Conference of Catholic Bishops Meeting in November in D.C.

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DignityUSA joins Soulforce in Radical Action to Hold Catholic Church Accountable for Spiritual Violence Against Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals

Washington, DC, October 19, 2000 - On November 12-14, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) individuals, and their families, friends and allies from all over the United States will join together in Washington, D.C. to protest the exclusionary policies of the Catholic Church toward GLBT Catholics, to ask the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB) to STOP SPIRITUAL VIOLENCE against sexual and gender minorities, and support the inclusion of GLBT Catholics into all aspects of church life.

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Denver Archbishop Forbids Priests to Say Mass for Gays

August 9, 2000 — In a letter to the provincials of a number of religious orders active in the Denver area, Archbishop Charles Chaput has asked the leadership to "remove" members of their order "from ministry to homosexual persons immediately." The letter specifically mentions celebration of Mass for Dignity/Denver, which meets at a Presbyterian church.

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California Catholic Bishops are Guilty of "Political Homophobia" in their Support of Anti Same Sex Marriage Initiative

Washington, DC, November 8, 1999 — DignityUSA, a voice for lesbian and gay Catholics nationwide, believes that California's Catholic bishops are guilty of "political homophobia" in their support of a state-wide ballot initiative which would define marriage as a union of one man and one woman.

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Gay Catholics Saddened by Alaska Catholic Bishops' Endorsement of Marriage Amendment

Washington, DC - October 1, 1998 - DignityUSA is disappointed that the Catholic bishops of Alaska have chosen to publicly and aggressively support a state constitutional amendment that legalizes discrimination of same-sex couples in civil marriage.

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DignityUSA is Disappointed and Saddened By US Catholic Bishops' Dilution of "Always Our Children" Message

Washington, DC -- July 1, 1998 -- DignityUSA is very concerned by the latest efforts of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB) and its Committee on Marriage and Family Life to dilute the message and spirit of Always Our Children: A Pastoral Message to Parents of Homosexual Children and Suggestions for Pastoral Ministers.

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DignityUSA Urges Catholic Bishops to Keep Homosexual Ministry Pastoral Letter Intact and Concentrate on Implementation

Washington, DC, November 10, 1997 — DignityUSA is alarmed about efforts both inside and outside of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops (NCCB) to rescind or negatively amend the October 1 pastoral letter, Always Our Children: A Pastoral Message to Parents of Homosexual Children and Suggestions for Pastoral Ministers. The Committee on Marriage and Family of the NCCB issued the statement.

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Gay Catholics Respond to Bishops' Pastoral Letter to Parents of Homosexuals: Sign of Progress but More Needs to be Done

Washington, DC, October 1, 1997 — DignityUSA welcomes the pastoral letter, Always Our Children: A Pastoral Message to the Parents of Homosexual Children and Suggestions for Pastoral Ministries, issued today by the board of the U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference. This pastoral letter is a positive step and we commend the bishops for their improved sensitivity to the issues which confront parents and their lesbian and gay children, but all is not perfect," says DignityUSA Executive Director, Charles Cox.

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Boston Archdiocese Condemns Gay Conference

Priests/Deacons Ordered Not to Participate

Monday, May 12, 1997, Boston — In a letter sent to approximately 750 priests, bishops and deacons of the Archdiocese of Boston, Bishop William Murphy forbids Diocesan personnel to participate in the national convention of DignityUSA, which will be held in Boston July 10-13. Dignity is the national organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics, their families and friends.

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