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News Archive (2014)

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. 

A La Familia

A La Familia Retreat ParticipantsBy Abdel Sepulveda, Dignity/Boston member 

On November 14, 2013, I left work and drove straight to Logan Airport for an evening flight to Portland. My final destination was the Menucha Retreat and Conference Center in Corbett, OR. Although I had been to many retreats before, this one felt like my first one. I didn’t know anyone that was attending, and worried that I could not afford being away for four days with all of the work I had back at the office. Despite my apprehension I got in the plane. Little did I know that I was about to embark on a journey that would prove to be not only life changing, but that would also cement my call to ministry to the Latino/Latina and greater American community as an openly gay Latino man.

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