By Art Stoeberl, Dignity/Twin Cities
On July 20, 2016, sixteen Dignity/Twin Cities members and friends hosted a discussion with eight members of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) run by the U.S. State Department. The visitors wanted to hear about the formation of Dignity/Twin Cities, and how DignityUSA works to change Roman Catholic teaching on sexual ethics, in favor of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Catholics at the national and international levels.
The international visitors spent three days in Minneapolis meeting with Dignity and six other LGBTQ agencies. Visitors hailed from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Haiti, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Rwanda, Taiwan, and Uganda.
The Department of State outlined specific objectives for the visitors which shaped the 90-minute discussion with Dignity/Twin Cities:
Both sides learned much from each other, and applaud the U.S. State Department for fostering LGBTQ rights around the world.