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News Archive (2014)

Defenders LLC/Washington Celebrate 22nd Anniversary

By Tom Yates

The Defenders LLC/Washington DC celebrated their 22nd anniversary Mass with Dignity/Washington on January 19, 2014. In celebration, the Defenders thanked the Dignity/Washington community for their continuing support in fundraising, service, and community building. The Defenders gave out donations of $500 each to Dignity/Washington, Brother Help Thyself, and Damien Ministries.

And Miles to Go Before We Sleep

As each month goes by, I am more aware of the tremendous variability in the experience of LGBT Catholics and family members across our nation, as well as around the globe. The number of places where same-sex couples’ marriages are now legally recognized continues to grow. President Obama made a point of naming openly gay and lesbian athletes to the official US delegation to the Olympics. High school students in Washington have received international attention for their sustained activism in support of their vice-principal, fired after marrying his male partner. Increasingly, LGBT people who choose to be part of parishes report finding acceptance and welcome among both community members and parish staff. At the same time, recent reports continue to document disturbing rates of suicide, victimization, and homelessness among transgender people and LGBT youth.

Dignity/San Antonio News

Dignity/San Antonio celebrated the holidays with two events that have become part of the long-standing tradition of our community. In November, we held our annual Fall Ball at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown San Antonio. The event is not a fund raiser for us, but merely a chance to dress up and enjoy an evening of dinner and dance among our friends.

Seattle in ‘15: See You There!

Seattle in ’15, Seattle in ‘15
We'll be there and have a good time
Oh yes, it's Seattle in ’15, Seattle in '15
We'll be there and have a good time

Seattle was born out of desperate types,
Passing through town to Alaska's Klondike
Some struck it rich and we begged them to stay
But they took all their money and moved to LA

DignityUSA and Dignity/New York Mourn Passing of Thomas Cunningham

Thomas Cunningham passed away on February 12, 2014 after battling a rare form of cancer for several months. Tom was a member of Dignity/New York Chapter for more than three decades, served as DignityUSA Treasurer from 1985-1989, and also served briefly as Executive Director. Tom was a member of the committees responsible for Dignity’s national conventions in 1985 in New York and 1993 in New Orleans.

Dignity/Dayton (aka Living Beatitudes) protests Exorcist Bishop in Cincinnati

Dayton LogoCongratulations to Bob Butts, Dick Young, Peggy Hanna and members of our Dayton Chapter for leading a wonderful witness outside a speech by Bishop Paprocki (he of same-sex marriage exorcism fame) at a Catholic Seminary in Cincinnati last night. The group braved 10 degree temperatures to make Catholic support of marriage equality visible.  They were covered locally from WCPO Channel 9 and Cincinnati.com.

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Nominations are now open for 2014 Board Elections

Nominations are open for four (4) Directors-at-Large for a period of two years—October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2016.

Board members become part of the strong, dynamic, and supportive team that develops DignityUSA’s programs, ensures we have adequate resources to carry out our work, and sets strategic priorities for the future. We are currently seeking leaders with organizational development, marketing, fund-raising, or human resource management talents and experience. In order to ensure proportional representation, we are especially interested in members from the southern and western parts of the US, who are Latino/a, transgender, openly bisexual or allies of the LGBT Catholic community

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Happy New Year!

Fireworks for 2014By Lewis Speaks-Tanner, DignityUSA Vice President 

We look forward to 2014 with all its possibilities and challenges while we make our New Year’s resolutions.

We celebrated when DOMA was declared unconstitutional during Gay Pride Month 2013!   At year’s end, we have 18 states and the District of Columbia that have adopted full state-level marriage equality. According to the Marriage Equality USA website, that means only 39% of US citizens live in jurisdictions with marriage equality. Much work is being done to overturn state laws and constitutional amendments that prevent marriage equality throughout our country. 

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