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Highlights of DignityUSA's History: 1998

The following history is based on the commemorative booklet entitled DignityUSA at 25: A Chronology, 1969-1994 compiled by former DignityUSA President Pat Roche. Copies are available from the Dignity national office and were also printed in the Dignity Journal 27:2-3 (Autumn 1995). Highlights from 1995-Present compiled by former Dignity Vice President Pat McArron.
  • Dignity urges ABC to support an AIDS episode of the TV program "Nothing Sacred."
  • In the Public Eye: Dignity responds to Catholic University's action on Candace Gingrich speech.
  • On Sunday, May 24th, New York's Cardinal O'Connor uses his weekly homily to call proposed domestic partners legislation before the New York City Council a threat to the family and marriage. DignityUSA responds to his comments with a public letter to the editors of the New York Post, Newsday and LGNY from National President Bob Miailovich and Executive Director Charles Cox. The NY Blade had the letter under consideration.
  • DignityUSA has expressed its concern over the recent steps taken by 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
  • In a July 15, 1998 press statement, DignityUSA finds the advertising campaign supporting ex-gay ministries to be misleading and destructive, and not representative of Catholic teaching.

  • More than 30 national religious leaders from many faith traditions, including DignityUSA, gather in Washington, DC July 23rd and 24th to express their support for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) people in the wake of the July advertisements paid for by the Christian right.
  • DignityUSA initiates a Couples Registry.
  • The DignityUSA Church Relations Task Force mails a survey on Always Our Children to each chapter.
  • Executive Director Charles Cox represents DignityUSA at the mid-September meeting of the National Policy Round Table in Washington, DC. The Round Table, sponsored by the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, brings together leaders of over 30 national, policy oriented gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender organizations. This was the Round Table's third such gathering, but the first one to include religious organizations — Dignity and two others.
  • Upon the 20th anniversary of Pope John Paul II's election as head of the Roman Catholic Church, DignityUSA joins 140 groups worldwide in a statement A Pope for the Time to Come. The statement challenges the Church by calling for a model of church built on a discipleship of equals and a style of universal leadership that is collaborative, dialogic and open to fundamental change.