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DignityUSA
April 2016
 
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Easter, Equality and Elections
 
In This Issue
 
The Easter Season is upon us. Vice-President Alice Knowles and Executive Director Marianne Duddy-Burke share their thoughts about Easter.  Our Editor, Sam Reeder gives us an analysis of the Equality Act.  News from our Los Angeles and Washington DC communities complete this issue.  The PDF version also has a message from Director Marie Sweeney about our upcoming elections and how to nominate yourself.  This information can also be found on the front page of our website,
 
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Easter Wonder
 
Easter is about amazement!  It is the season of the year that as faithful we are called to the wonder of the powers of the resurrection.  It is when we realize the basis of our faith, it is when we definitely realize that God is true to his word: he will be crucified and rise on the third day.  And he did.
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Easter Rising
 
In the final days of Lent, I had the great grace of a true Easter experience.  The gracious members of Dignity/New York invited me to represent DignityUSA and march with them in the city’s iconic St. Patrick’s Day Parade. 
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The Equality Act
 
While marriage equality was granted recently through the Supreme Court, there are still many places where individuals and couples can be legally discriminated against.  In fact in 28 states it is legal for gay and bisexual individuals to be fired, evicted, denied credit, denied federal funding, or even barred from jury duty, and in 31 it is legal to do the same for transgender individuals. 
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Dignity/Los Angeles Celebrates the Holy Jubilee Year of Mercy
 
The Board of Directors of our chapter decided to observe the Year of Mercy by showing to the membership a film about the life of Mother Teresa.  The intention was to contemplate the mystery of mercy by gazing on the mercy of God that extends into the depths of the hurt and pain within us and around us. 
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Dignity/Washington St Patrick, St Joseph and Easter

 
For the second year in a row, Dignity/Washington joined The DC Center for the LGBT Community to march in the city's annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Dignity/Washington celebrated the Feast of Saint Joseph with its annual St. Joseph’s Day Dinner on Saturday, March 19, at All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church. Dignity/Washington will host a full week of services for Holy Week and Easter.
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