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DignityUSA
June 2016
 
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Pride, Perspective and Press Release
 
In This Issue
 

Happy Pride Month!  Vice-President Alice Knowles shares her thoughts about LGBT Pride as well as what DignityUSA is doing this month.  Board member Marie Sweeney gives another perspective on Pride Month as a straight ally.  Read DignityUSA's response to the USCCB's statement about the treatment of the Transgender community. Jack Freilingsdorf has financial advice to help you and DignityUSA. Your action is needed in a letter writing campaign to the Sisters of Mercy in San Francisco.  Finally, Dignity/Honolulu celebrated its 40th anniversary and Dignity/Washington shares several activites they have been involved with recently.

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Blessings of Pride 

 

Yes, it is Pride, the time to reflect on the beauty, the strength and vitality of our sexuality and gender identity. It’s the time to come together for celebration. It’s about community and family, and especially the family we share as LGBTQ people. 

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Pride Month from a “Cousin’s” Perspective 

 

It is June and the month for most members of DignityUSA to together stand proud of unique gifts that come with the sacred experience of being a minority. This month for me however, as a “cousin,” a straight ally, is a time of awareness, inspiration and profound gratitude.  

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LGBT Catholic Group Supports Obama Administration Letter on Transgender Students, Rejects Bishops Demand that Children “Accept their own Body as it was Created” 

 

DignityUSA, the organization of Catholics committed to justice and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people strongly rejects the US Conference of Catholic Bishops statement on the Obama Administration’s May 13, 2016 “Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students.” 

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Did You Know You Can Donate to DignityUSA and Actually Save Money? 

 

You can support DignityUSA and reduce your taxes at the same time. Congress has enacted a law letting you do both, legally. If you are 701⁄2 or over (and I know I’m not the only one) and own a traditional IRA you are required to take a mandatory minimum withdrawal each year. 

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ACT NOW: Support the Sisters of Mercy in San Francisco 

 

Last month, the Sisters of Mercy in San Francisco decided to continue the employment of Gabriel Bodenheimer,  a transgender man, at Mercy High School. We invite you to send letters of thanks to the Sisters of Mercy in San Francisco, and a copy to Archbishop Cordileone, so that the Sisters of Mercy and Archbishop Cordileone both understand that the Church—the people of God—support the Catholic values of dignity, mutual respect, and inclusion. 

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Happy Anniversary, Dignity/Honolulu

 
At one of the DignityUSA national board meetings, Marianne Duddy-Burke indicated that Dignity/Honolulu was having their 40th Anniversary and had invited a DignityUSA board member to attend their celebration.  I hesitated, but then volunteered to do the “Lord’s” work and travel to Honolulu for their joyous celebration.
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Dignity/Honolulu Celebrates 40th Anniversary

 
On Saturday, May 14, 2016,  Dignity/Honolulu celebrated 40 years of ministry to the LGBTQ Catholic community in Hawaii, with a dinner at the Willows Restaurant in Honolulu.  There were over 40 people present with great local food, door prizes, awards, and special speakers including, Glenn Crane, DignityUSA Treasurer. 
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Dignity/Washington News for June 2016

 
As a continuation of its 2015-2016 Speaker Series Dignity/Washington hosted senior climate scientist with the Climate and Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, Dr. Brenda Ekwurzel, for Earth Day. The chapter is excited to re-start a relationship with Catholic University’s unofficial gay-straight alliance, CUAllies. After Sunday Mass on May 8, present members of the Dignity/Washington community accepted five candidates for terms on the Board of Directors through a vote by acclamation.
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