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Highlights of DignityUSA's History: 1980

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.
  • In February, Dignity opens a permanent national office at 1500 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite #11, Washington, DC.

  • On February 4, Frank Scheuren and Jim Highland meet with Cardinal Timothy Manning in Los Angeles to discuss Dignity.
  • On February 17, the Association of Priests of the Archdiocese of Chicago honors Dignity/Chicago at a banquet as "Organization of the Year."
  • On April 28, President Carter invites representatives from 21 lesbian and gay religious groups to the White House to meet with his religious liaison, Rev. Robert L. Maddox, Jr. Representing Dignity are national officers Frank Scheuren, Elinor Crocker and Joseph Totten as well as Insight Magazine managing editor Gabriel Lanci.
  • In the spring, John Boswell’s book: Christianity, Social Tolerance and Homosexuality is published by the University of Chicago Press.
  • On July 28, Frank Scheuren (accompanied by Region IX Director Chris Patterson and Co-Chairs of Dignity/ San Francisco Jim Ehrhart and Ken Kamman) meets with Archbishop John R. Quinn, Archbishop of San Francisco and President of the NCCB, to discuss Dignity and NCCB dialogue.
  • On October 25, Joseph Totten resigns as National Treasurer and is replaced by Marvin Marks