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July 2016
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In This Issue
There's a lot of news and information this issue - too much to summarize here.  Articles by Lewis Speaks-Tanner, Marianne Duddy-Burke, Peggy Hayes, Chris Pett, Robin Eriksen.  Chapter News from Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Dayton, Palm Beach, Washington, and Seattle.  Events in July, August and September.  So scroll down and enjoy!  Of course, you can also download the PDF version.
Our Stories

We Are Orlando!


by Lewis Speaks-Tanner, President, DignityUSA

The 49 deaths and 53 injured in the early hours of June 12, 2016 have mobilized the LGBTQ and allied community!   The Pulse Club shooting has shattered our psyche.  This senseless shooting in Orlando hit a nerve.  A LGBTQ gathering space was violated.  It was a calculated attack on us, to make our community uneasy and make us fearful. 

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LGBT Catholics welcome statement of Pope Francis that the Catholic Church must apologize to gay people, say apology must be followed by concrete actions
Leaders of DignityUSA, the organization of LGBTQ Catholics and allies committed to equality and justice for LGBTQ people, welcomed the statement of Pope Francis today that the Church must apologize to gay people and to other groups that it has let down or offended throughout history.
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International Advocates for LGBTQ Human Rights Meet with Dignity/Boston and DignityUSA

When the U.S. State Department was organizing a visit to Boston by a delegation of leaders working for human rights for LGBTQ persons, they contacted Dignity/Boston.   Would Dignity/Boston discuss social and cultural approaches to gender and sexual orientation identities in a diverse society, and share its strategies for addressing public policy issues from a faith perspective?  Of course! 
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From the Board
"I'm pretty overwhelmed by the depth and expanse of our supporters' response to this appeal," said Chris Pett, Board Member and chair of the Development Committee. "This level of financial support magnifies our resolve to be the go-to voice and advocates of LGBTQ Catholics and people of good faith."
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Dignity/Boston’s Anti-Gun Violence Letter Writing Campaign

In light of the recent events at Pulse in Orlando, Dignity/Boston spearheaded a letter writing campaign for their members. Those who wish to do so are encouraging Congress to get serious, and to work across party lines to find a solution to gun violence in this country.
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Dignity/Los Angeles: Kevin Steen Celebrates Fifty Years of Priesthood

Kevin Steen was born and raised in northeastern Montana. He joined the Benedictine community and made final vows in 1963.  In his many years of involvement and service with Dignity/Los Angeles, Kevin has shared many talents in his roles as Liturgy Celebrant, Spiritual Development Coordinator, and Chapter President for several years.
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Dignity/San Fernando Valley Celebrates Twenty Years


It was Dignity/San Fernando Valley's 20th anniversary, and more than 40 guests gathered from around Southern California for the event on May 14, 2016. We celebrated with a Pentecost Mass followed by a dinner dance at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City, California. Marianne Duddy-Burke was our keynote speaker. The chapter made a $500 gift to Being Alive, a local organization providing a range of health and wellness services to people living with HIV.


Dignity/Dayton’s Living Beatitudes Community hosts Transgender Youth and Father

The Living Beatitudes Community hosted Jason and Zay Crawford, father and transgender daughter on Sunday, June 5, 2016.  Their story put a face on an issue that needs the human dimension.
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Dignity/Palm Beach’s Interfaith Community Picnic  

On Saturday May 21, 2016, Dignity/Palm Beach and Integrity Palm Beach sponsored a picnic in Bryant Park South in Lake Worth, Florida. The South Florida weather and the location next to the Intracoastal Waterway were beautiful. Dignity provided the hot dogs and Integrity provided the burgers. More than 35 people attended.
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Dignity/Washington News

Capital Pride 2016 was a huge success. Dignity/Washington was present for the smaller celebrations of Youth Pride and Trans Pride in late May. And then to start off June, the chapter was covered in the Gay Issue of the local Washington City Paper.
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Dignity/Seattle’s Pride Week Breakfast



Dignity/Seattle raised over $2,300 in its 28th Annual Pride Week Breakfast and Raffle, held Saturday, June 25, 2016.  Proceeds will be divided among:  Care Teams at Samaritan Center (HIV/AIDS social service agency), Food Lifeline (food bank), and Dignity/Seattle. 


Dignity Young Adult Caucus Retreat Registration ends July 13!


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Join us for the 2016 Women’s Gathering Harvesting our Gratitude Attitude


Friday, September 23 - Sunday, September 25


The Edwards House Meeting & Retreat Center

One Badger Road, Framingham, MA 01702



  • Gathering attendance, 2 nights lodging, all meals included: $235 per person
  • Gathering attendance, all meals included (no lodging): $175 per person
  • One day attendance: $90


Registration online!


If you are interested in donating towards a scholarship, or would like to apply for a scholarship, please contact: dignitywomen@gmail.com 

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