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DignityUSA
December 2016
 
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Advent, Memorials, and Celebrations
 
In This Issue
 
DignityUSA President Lewis Speaks-Tanner shares his ideas about Advent, while Executive Director Marianne Duddy-Burke relates her experiences of vigils held in Rome and Baltimore. While many of us participated in events during Transgender Day of Remembrance, Dignity/New York shared their commemeration.   DignityUSA's Development Team gives its monthly report, announcing the start of the Advent Appeal and an Advent Calendar.  Also, we introduce you to the Keynote Speaker of the Boston Conference, Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey.  We close with news from Dignity/San Antonio and Dignity/Boston, and highlight a book of interest.  You can read these by the links below or download the PDF version of Dateline.
 
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Advent Expectations and Christmas Blessings

 
After such a long election season, the electoral outcome does not bode well for LGBTQI people. I, along with many LGBTQI leaders, hope we are wrong. In 2017, we will need continued collaboration with many different organizations to prevent our hard-won rights from being chipped away or reversed nationally and by individual states. As we continue to share our stories, more people get to know our struggles and lives.
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DignityUSA Leads Memorials for LGBTQI Murder Victims

 
In Rome and at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops meeting, DignityUSA marked November’s spirit of remembrance to draw attention to the failure of most Catholic officials to explicitly condemn anti-LGBTQI violence, even in the wake of the Pulse massacre in Orlando, and the largest number of murders of transgender people on record in 2016.
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Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20, 2016

 
During the week of November 14-20, individuals and organizations around the country participated in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people and address the issues these communities face.  The Dignity/New York community commemorated Transgender Day of Remembrance by honoring the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence at our community liturgies.
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Development News - December 2016

 

As we launch the annual Advent Appeal, I continue to focus on the strength of this community, our movement and mission, especially following the disappointing (putting it mildly) federal election results.  While many of us may be frustrated and concerned, we still have our values, gifts, and God's Spirit moving across and within all of us. "Now more than ever" will be the cry of many progressive advocacy organizations as they reach out to their members and extended networks requesting financial support.

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Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey to Keynote Boston Conference

 
DignityUSA is thrilled to announce that Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey will deliver the Keynote Address titled, “Table Manners for Hungry Radicals,” at the July 6-9, 2017 conference. Dr. Lightsey is the only openly queer lesbian African-American ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, and is associate dean and professor of contextual theology and practice at the Boston University School of Theology. 
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DignityUSA’s 23rd National Gathering is Also our First “Conference”

 

Have you noticed that we are using “Conference” rather than “Convention” when referring to our upcoming national gathering? We’ve heard from many Dignity members and friends that they thought “convention” implied a business meeting focused on internal issues, and was more appropriate for “insiders” and current leaders. We know our gatherings offer much more

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Dignity/San Antonio News

 
  • 40th Anniversary, August 12, 2016
  • Solidarity Sunday, October 9, 2016
  • Annual Fall Ball, November 12, 2016
  • Mary Hunt visits Dignity/San Antonio, November 20, 2016
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Dignity/Boston at Clark University

 

On November 17, 2016, Becky Duddy-Burke and Mary Beth Foley represented Dignity/Boston at a panel discussion on the campus of Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. The event was hosted by the university’s Newman Association and the theme was understanding the experiences of LGBTQI Catholics. 

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Cross-National Public Opinion about Homosexuality: Examining Attitudes across the Globe, by Dr. Amy Adamczyk

 

Across the world, public opinion about homosexuality varies substantially. While residents in some nations have embraced gay rights as human rights, in other countries very few people find homosexuality acceptable.  Why are there such big differences in attitudes about homosexuality?

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