Dignity/Washington Welcomes Bishop Robinson and St. Patrick
As part of its 2014-2015 Speaker's Series Dignity/Washington was happy to welcome Bishop Gene Robinson on March 22.
Bishop Robinson, an openly gay Episcopal priest of the Diocese of New Hampshire, was elected Bishop of his Diocese in 2003 and served until 2013 when he retired and moved to Washington, DC where he now lives in Logan Circle. He is currently serving as a fellow at the Center for American Progress, based in Washington, where he works with their LGBT team. His interest lies in promoting an omnibus civil rights bill for LGBT Americans who still face discrimination in many sectors of our society. He is committed to helping the development of a theology of gender identity which he sees as gravely needed. In addressing the question of the intersection of sexuality and spirituality, he stated that he was convinced that, by virtue of their life journeys, LGBT persons are spiritual but that many will not join a faith community because of their past experiences that made these communities appear dangerous to them. He maintained that it was beneficial for everyone to examine their sexuality, whether gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or straight, since there was an infinite number of sexualities, depending on the individual, and it was not helpful to rigidly identify oneself in one or the other group and fail to see our common humanity. He challenged us to ponder the question: "once the oppression against LGBT persons is over, will we still be a tribe?" He answered his own question by venturing to say yes, only if we identify the oppression of other groups, join in their struggle for justice and make it our own. -- Henry Huot of Dignity/Washington reporting
Dignity/Washington at Washington, D.C.’s 44th Annual St. Patrick’s Day
On Sunday, March 15, members of Dignity/Washington joined the first LGBT contingent to ever march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade down Constitution Avenue in our nation’s capital in the 44-year history of the event. Organized by the DC Center the marchers were cheered by enthusiastic crowds despite the gusty wind and chilly temperatures. The DC Center Contingent with Dignity/Washington won the 2015 Parade Trophy for “Best Novelty Group.”