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News Archive (2014)

Tom Yates of Dignity/Washington Receives Capital Pride 2014 Heroes Award

L-R: Bernie Delia, Capital Pride President; Tom Yates, Capital Pride 2014 Hero; Raymond Panas, Capital Pride Board MemberEach year, Capital Pride awards members of the community who have furthered the causes important to DC’s LGBT community and have brought about positive changes to our lives and our community. On Wednesday, May 21, 2014, Tom Yates was honored for his longstanding contributions to the community as a Capital Pride 2014 Hero.

Join the World Meeting of Families Pilgrimage

​In September 2015, Philadelphia will host the World Meeting of Families, gathering Catholic families from across the globe to explore the theme “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.” As we did for World Youth Day, DignityUSA and our Equally Blessed colleagues hope to sponsor a group of pilgrims to witness to the presence of LGBT families in our Church. Do you feel called to be part of this pilgrimage?

Requiescat in Pace: Tom Cunningham

On May 10, 2014, Dignity/New York hosted a Memorial Mass and Celebration of the Life of Tom Cunningham. Featuring exceptional and moving performances by the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, family and friends from many parts of Tom’s life gathered to remember this extraordinary man. Asked to speak on behalf of DignityUSA, Marianne Duddy-Burke offered the following reflection. 

Spring is Here

By Lewis Speaks-Tanner, DignityUSA Vice President 

Spring is finally here! It has been a long winter with colder temperatures and more snow than we usually have in a winter. Dignity members throughout the northern states have experienced that same long winter. Dignity members in southern and western climates escaped winter, but not all: those in Texas did get colder weather than they are used to. During this time, DignityUSA has been very busy.

Help Support Transgender

QV LogoTo the readership of DignityUSA Publications:

Due to competing budgetary needs, as well as the difficulty in soliciting thematically-based submissions, the Board of DignityUSA has authorized a temporary cutback in the frequency of publication of the Quarterly Voice (QV). The most recent QV published was the large Convention issue, which came out in the fall of 2013. We are currently working on putting out the next issue, which will be a compilation of interesting, but unrelated, articles.

Transcending Boundaries Conference a Success

Peggy Burns at Transcending BoundariesThe Transcending Boundaries Conference (TBC) is a convention in the northeast United States for the bisexual community: genderqueer; transgender; intersex and polyamorous people; their family, friends, and straight allies.

This year’s Conference was held in Connecticut during the weekend of April 4-6. DignityUSA was a Conference sponsor and I attended and staffed an information table.

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Now is the Acceptable Time

by Lourdes Rodriguez-Nogues, President, DignityUSA

We are now in the midst of our Lenten season, and as believers we use this time as a preparation to celebrate the mystery of the Death and Resurrection of Christ Jesus. In whatever way we have chosen to prepare our minds, bodies, and souls for the joy of Easter, we know that as a people rooted in the promise of Redemption, our work does not end at the Easter Sunday celebration. . Our faith calls us to faith in action, and to the work of building the kingdom of God. That is the exciting reality of the work of Dignity at the local and national levels.

30 Years of Welcoming Guests for a Meal and Company

The simple pleasure of a meal at the end of the day on Friday, usually coming at the end of a long week for most of us, was, for a long time, not something that the most vulnerable members of the Boston area community could count on.  But in 1984, members of two faith communities, Dignity/Boston and the Arlington Street Church, decided to change that by founding the Friday Night Supper Program, to fill a gap in the schedule of area meals for people in need.

Dignity San Francisco screens Alfredo's Fire, Hosts Documentarian

By Emmanuel Romero, Dignity/San Francisco Board Member

Dignity San Francisco kicked off the Lenten season by hosting a community screening of Alfredo's Fire on Sunday, March 9. This short documentary tells the story of Alfredo Ormando, a gay Italian writer who traveled from Palermo to St. Peter's Square, where he set himself on fire on January 13, 1998. The demonstration was an act of protest against the Roman Catholic Church's historic persecution against LGBT people.

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