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News Archive (2014)

Dignity/Chicago Marks 42nd Year; New James Bussen Award to Victor Salvo and The Legacy Project

Dignity/Chicago, the inclusive faith and advocacy organization for LGBT Catholics and our allies, celebrated an anniversary Mass on Sunday, May 18 to honor its 42 years of ministry.Dignity/Chicago alsoan annual award in memory of James Bussen, former DignityUSA President and Chicago LGBT rights advocate who passed away last June.

DignityUSA Staff Retreat

Staff members of DignityUSA (Executive Director Marianne Duddy-Burke, Associate Director Jim Smith, Operations Manager Peggy Burns, and Technology Services Manager Logan Bear) participated in a two day retreat on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 3-4, 2014, in Knoxville, Tennessee, facilitated by Monique Meadows. The staff has a conference call every other week via webinar, but this is the first time we have met face-to-face since we’ve all gone to full-time DignityUSA service.

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.

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