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News Archive (2012)

Leadership Conference Call

Calling all leaders within DignityUSA to join the leadership conference call, Tuesday, November 15, 2012 at 9 PM EST! On the call, you will hear from DignityUSA President Lourdes Rodriguez-Nogues, Executive Director Marianne Duddy-Burke, and a representative from the 2013 Convention Committee. The call comes 11 days after the Fall Board of Directors meeting. Leaders will have an opportunity to ask questions and give a short report on what is happening in their local community. For more information and conference call number and access code, contact Vice President Lewis Speaks-Tanner at lewistanner@yahoo.com or Secretary Paula Lavallee at secretary@dignityusa.org.

Dignity/Washington’s Own Bob Miailovich Honored by the Rainbow History Project

from the Rainbow History Project’s event program notes

On Thursday, October 4, the Rainbow History Project honored fourteen “Community Pioneers” at an annual reception held at the Thurgood Marshall Center in Washington, DC. Each year several tenacious and creative individuals are recognized for their instrumental roles in creating and sustaining important institutions in the DC LGBT community. The event provides an opportunity for the community to say thank you. Past honorees have included nationally known individuals such as Frank Kameny, Patsy Lynch, Deacon Maccubbin, Eva Freund and Jim Graham. Among this year’s honorees was Dignity/Washington’s own Robert (Bob) Miailovich.

Dignity/Boston and DignityUSA Host Women-Church Convergence Annual Meeting

Women-Church Convergence (W-CC) is a coalition of autonomous Catholic-rooted organizations that raise a feminist voice and are committed to producing an ekklesia of women who are participative, egalitarian, and self-governing. DignityUSA has been a member of the Convergence almost since its founding in 1983. The Convergence generally does its work through email and conference call, but holds an annual in-person meeting early each Fall.

Meet the 2013 Convention Committee

In ten short months, DignityUSA members from across the country will gather in Minneapolis to listen, learn, and explore the social justice teaching of the Catholic Church through an LGBT/Allied lens.

Registration for the convention will open in January, the result of work that began in the fall of 2010, when Minneapolis was selected as the site of the 2013 DignityUSA Convention.

Come and meet the people who have been working to bring this convention experience to you. With representation from chapters across the country, this convention is truly a national effort.

Dignity/Boston Speaks at Ernst & Young

Dignity/Boston made a foray into the corporate world in celebration of National Coming Out Day. The chapter was invited to send representatives to speak at the Boston office of Ernst & Young (EY), a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction, and advisory services. Ernst & Young is also known as one of the “Big Four”: the world’s four largest accounting firms. This was the company’s first such event, sponsored by their LGBT and allies group, Beyond.

Longtime Member Bill Line Mourned by the Dignity/Washington Community

by Rick Lynch, Dignity/Washington Member

The Dignity/Washington community and its friends were saddened to learn of the untimely death on October 7 of Bill Line at his home in Washington, DC; he was 56 years old. Bill first joined Dignity/Washington in 1984 and had been a much-treasured member of the community throughout these many years. During his early years with our chapter, Bill served on the Board of Directors, and for much of the rest of his time he was a member of the Sunday Mass choir.

Dignity/San Antonio News

By Claudia Garza, Dignity/San Antonio Member

Dignity/San Antonio recently held its chapter elections with the following results: President, Chris Kohn; Vice President, Meagan Mireles; Secretary,Teresa Mireles; Treasurer, Minverva Mendoza. Our three delegates are: Sylvia DelosSantos, Michael Torres, and Claudia Garza.

Annual Blessing of the Animals Benefits Both Pet Owners and Their Pets

On Sunday, October 7, for the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, Dignity/Washington held its annual Blessing of Pets at the end of Mass. Attendees were invited to bring their (well-behaved) pets, or photos of them. As in past years, dog owners dominated the event. However, vowing not to be outdone, some cat owners indicated that they planned to attend en masse next year. From a Blessing for the occasion: “God grant us Francis’ joy and confidence that we too may be effective agents of reconciliation of all creatures to God, through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.”

Dignity/Honolulu Commemorates Solidarity Sunday

Dignity/Honolulu was very busy during the month of October, beginning with the annual commemoration of Solidarity Sunday, the campaign instituted by DignityUSA in 1995 to combat violence (physical, emotional, and spiritual) committed against LGBT people.  This was held on October 7, the Sunday preceding National Coming Out Day.  Chapter members participated in a parish visitation in the morning, attending the 10:30 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace. The rector, Father John Berger, acknowledged Dignity/Honolulu from the pulpit and stated that the group should visit the Cathedral more frequently.