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News Archive (2014)

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QV LogoTo the readership of DignityUSA Publications:

Due to competing budgetary needs, as well as the difficulty in soliciting thematically-based submissions, the Board of DignityUSA has authorized a temporary cutback in the frequency of publication of the Quarterly Voice (QV). The most recent QV published was the large Convention issue, which came out in the fall of 2013. We are currently working on putting out the next issue, which will be a compilation of interesting, but unrelated, articles.

Transcending Boundaries Conference a Success

Peggy Burns at Transcending BoundariesThe Transcending Boundaries Conference (TBC) is a convention in the northeast United States for the bisexual community: genderqueer; transgender; intersex and polyamorous people; their family, friends, and straight allies.

This year’s Conference was held in Connecticut during the weekend of April 4-6. DignityUSA was a Conference sponsor and I attended and staffed an information table.

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Now is the Acceptable Time

by Lourdes Rodriguez-Nogues, President, DignityUSA

We are now in the midst of our Lenten season, and as believers we use this time as a preparation to celebrate the mystery of the Death and Resurrection of Christ Jesus. In whatever way we have chosen to prepare our minds, bodies, and souls for the joy of Easter, we know that as a people rooted in the promise of Redemption, our work does not end at the Easter Sunday celebration. . Our faith calls us to faith in action, and to the work of building the kingdom of God. That is the exciting reality of the work of Dignity at the local and national levels.

30 Years of Welcoming Guests for a Meal and Company

The simple pleasure of a meal at the end of the day on Friday, usually coming at the end of a long week for most of us, was, for a long time, not something that the most vulnerable members of the Boston area community could count on.  But in 1984, members of two faith communities, Dignity/Boston and the Arlington Street Church, decided to change that by founding the Friday Night Supper Program, to fill a gap in the schedule of area meals for people in need.

Dignity San Francisco screens Alfredo's Fire, Hosts Documentarian

By Emmanuel Romero, Dignity/San Francisco Board Member

Dignity San Francisco kicked off the Lenten season by hosting a community screening of Alfredo's Fire on Sunday, March 9. This short documentary tells the story of Alfredo Ormando, a gay Italian writer who traveled from Palermo to St. Peter's Square, where he set himself on fire on January 13, 1998. The demonstration was an act of protest against the Roman Catholic Church's historic persecution against LGBT people.

Why I Joined the DignityUSA Board

By Victor Postemski, DignityUSA Board member 

For many years I have served in various capacities within my local chapter, Dignity/Boston. There, I served as a member of the Board of Directors, a term as chapter vice president and two terms as chapter president. I loved the joys and challenges of supporting my local community. It wasn’t until I attended the 2009 DignityUSA Convention in San Francisco that I felt called to join the Board. I loved the Convention speakers, panels, sessions, and strong sense of community that I could feel permeating everything that weekend. It was my first Dignity convention and I was hooked!

The Time is Now

By Jim Smith, DignityUSA Associate Director

“A man can kill with a knife of steel, with a gun, a bomb or a lance. But there's a new law, there’s a new law - a man can kill with a glance.”

Some of you may remember this tune, sung in Catholic churches in the 70’s. Twist that last phrase just a bit and you describe a new law in 2014: “a man can be killed because of a glance.” Surfacing now in some countries are laws and bills that criminalize LGBT persons for associating with other LGBT persons or with LGBT-supportive organizations. People right now are being rounded up, taunted, even imprisoned, for any public displays of association, affection, or support.

Reflections on the Creating Change Conference

By Patrick Gordon, Dignity/Twin Cities 

Creating Change is perhaps the largest regular gathering of LGBT people in the entire nation. Each year, thousands of people come from all over the country to engage in several days of celebration, education, activism, and love. To paint you a picture of this year’s event: approximately 4000 LGBT professionals from organizations of all kinds come together to hear 4 plenary speakers and attended 390 workshops, training sessions, meetings, and events over 5 days. Attendance at this year’s event was the highest in the organization’s history.

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