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Featured Articles

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.

Dignity Members Lead Workshop on Courageous Conversations

By Tierra Ortiz-Rodriguez, Dignity/Houston President 

So many themes emerged from the Creating Change conference hosted in Houston this year, and powerful words like “intersectional justice,” “vulnerability,” and “preferred pronouns” became the common tongue for over 4,000 attendees. The theme of our Dignity-sponsored workshop was about having “compassionate, courageous, and respectful conversations” with others, especially those among our fellow Catholics who are ambivalent about marriage equality for a variety of reasons. Joining me were Patrick Gordon, a young adult from Dignity/Twin Cities, and Jim Smith, Dignity/Twin Cities and Associate Director of DignityUSA.

2015 Convention Seeking Volunteers

The National Convention in Seattle will be July 2-5, 2015, just 16 months away. We are getting geared up and ready for you to join us.

We are looking for people to help out on our committees. You do not need to be in the Great Northwest to work on the Convention: it is a national endeavor and we need people from all over the country. If you have special skills and interest in any of the aspects it takes to put on a convention- WE NEED YOU! We are looking for people to work on committees for advertising, programming, finance, registration, and many other areas. If interested, please contact info@dignityusa.org.

Publications

Breath of the Spirit Logo

Those of us who treat Jesus' resurrection as simply an historical event that put God's seal of approval on his ministry and teachings probably don't understand the significance of today's celebration.

It's easy to confuse resurrection with resuscitation. In the latter, we presume someone... more

Quarterly Voice

We celebrate the success of DignityUSA’s 21st Biennial Convention, which marks over 42 years of ministry and advocacy for the LGBT community in the Catholic Church. Dignity’s call to reform and justice for those marginalized within the Church has now bridged several generations, and the fruits of this unceasing labor were evident at this year’s national gathering, which brought together nearly 300 attendees from across the country, with a span of over eight decades in age. This year’s biennial Convention was held in progressive and lively Minneapolis, Minnesota, July 4-7, 2013. 

- Mateo Williamson, DignityUSA
DignityUSA Convention Recap

Apr 22, 2014 9:00 PM Eastern

Joe recently published a poignant, deeply personal account of what it means to be Catholic and gay. He came into his own and came out in a time when the risks were immense, and he lives to write and tell about it. Beautiful story, beautiful man.