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DignityUSA works for respect and justice for people of all sexual orientations, genders, and gender identities—especially gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons—in the Catholic Church and the world through education, advocacy, and support.

This month's highlights:

Season of Gratitude by Alice Knowles, DignityUSA Vice President

In November, what comes to mind is Thanksgiving, Veterans Day, preparing for winter, longer dark days, bare trees, Advent. It is the time of the year that we are enveloped in gratitude. Thanksgiving is the holiday of the season. I know many people who consider Thanksgiving season the best season of the year. They prefer it because it is the season of gratitude. 

The Church on the World’s Center Stage by Marianne Duddy-Burke, DignityUSA Executive Director

From the Women’s Ordination Worldwide (WOW) conference through the World Meeting of Families, Pope Francis’ U.S. visit, the Pope-Kim Davis commotion, and the just-concluded Synod on the Family, many across the globe, and in the LGBT justice movement, have been looking for clues about the future direction Catholicism will take. 

An Atypical Few “Days in the Life” as DignityUSA’s Executive Director by Marianne Duddy-Burke, DignityUSA Executive Director

When people, usually reporters, ask me to describe a typical day at my job, I always laugh. There is no such thing! But the month of September was even more unpredictable than most. Here are just a few of the things I had the privilege of doing on behalf of all of us who are Dignity members and supporters. 

Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20, 2015 by Fredrikka Maxwell, DignityUSA Trans Caucus, Nashville, TN 

The worldwide transgender community will gather on Friday, November 20, to remember our siblings murdered at the hands of violent anti-trans perpetrators. Twenty have been killed so far this year in the United States alone. As DignityUSA seeks to become more trans-friendly and a better trans ally, it too should join this worldwide memorial. 

DignityUSA Participates in Int'l Assembly of LGBTI Catholics and Meets with U.S. Embassy to the Holy See in Rome by Leo N. Egashira, DignityUSA Board member, Dignity/Seattle 

DignityUSA sent two representatives to the inaugural assembly of “Global Network of Rainbow Catholics” (GNRC), which was held in Rome, Italy, October 1-4, 2015. Jeff Stone (DignityUSA Director of Media Relations, Dignity/New York) and Leo Egashira were among the approximately 75 participants representing 31 countries as diverse as Tonga, China, Malta, and Botswana. 

including Jeff Stone's report on their meeting at the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See 

Introducing . . . the DignityUSA Development Committee by Chris Pett, DignityUSA Board member 

As DignityUSA continues to grow its mission locally, nationally, and now globally, the Board of Di- rectors at its Fall meeting decided to re-constitute the Fundraising Committee and expand and broaden its mission now as the Development Committee. 

Dignity/Chicago Goes to Peoria! by Mike Hogan, Dignity/Chicago 

On the weekend of September 11-13, four members of Dignity/Chicago traveled down to Peoria, Illinois for a first-ever Pride event. We had no idea what to expect. What happened over the next four hours were some of the most powerful experiences that I have had in my thirty years with Dignity. 

Dignity/Detroit's “Blessing Bags” by Claudia W., Dignity/Detroit 

Our Dignity/Detroit community is spiritual and fun-loving, supportive and welcoming, family and friends, passionate and compassionate, Catholic and catholic and sometimes just a wee bit un- conventional. Most of all, however, we are a Servant Church. 

News from Dignity/Washington

  • Dignity/Washington and the Human Rights Campaign Team Up to Welcome Pope Francis to Washington 
  • Dignity/Washington Celebrates Its 43rd Anniversary 
  • Mary Hunt Is Dignity/Washington’s First Speaker of Its 2015-2016 Speaker Series ​

The latest issue of Dateline, which includes these articles as well as other chapter news, is available to download here.

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Leo N. Egashira, Publications Committee Chair, DignityUSA Board of Directors 



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