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News Archive (2012)

Dignity/Houston Community Outreach in November

By Tierra Ortiz-Rodriguez, Dignity Houston member, Community Organizer

Dignity/Houston is on a mission to raise awareness about the need for tolerance of sexual minorities both inside and outside the church. We had several community outreach events in November specifically aimed at raising consciousness about transgender issues, and increasing awareness as to the availability of LGBT-affirming spiritual resources in the Houston area.

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Gratitude, Anticipation, and Hope

By Lourdes Rodriguez-Nogues, DignityUSA President

I sit to write this on Thanksgiving weekend, on the edge of Advent, and in anticipation of Christmas. What a rich time. My heart is thankful and pregnant with hopeful anticipation of what is to come.

As a nation we have just gone through a time where classism, sexism, racism, and homophobia appeared to be themes of political ads, political pundits, and even political candidates. Polarization and personal attacks became headlines of the day. It was scary and disappointing to say the least. At the end of the day, however, fairness and equality won: The people of this country said NO to all forms of discrimination, in favor of continuing to build a society where more are included.

Progressive Catholics Gather Following Marriage Equality Victories

The 2012 Call To Action National Conference, the largest annual gathering of progressive Catholics, took place November 9-11 in Louisville, KY, just days after victories on all four state ballot measures regarding marriage equality. Many attendees sported “Catholics for Marriage Equality” t-shirts and buttons, and were enthusiastic about the votes. Whether they were from Michigan or Maryland, it felt like Catholics were taking ownership of these successes. It was amazing!

Dignity/Washington and Dignity/NoVA Raise Over $2,400 for the 2012 Annual DC AIDS Walk

by Rick Lynch, Dignity/Washington Office Manager

The Dignity/Washington and Dignity/Northern Virginia chapters raised $2,473 for the annual DC AIDS Walk, held Saturday, October 27, to benefit Whitman-Walker Health.

This year’s team ran in memory of Jim DePersis, a long-time Dignity/Washington member who for many years organized the Dignity/Washington AIDS Walk Team. Special thanks go out to Allen Rose, former Dignity/Washington President, and David Lamdin of Dignity/Northern Virginia for their leadership in guiding this year’s efforts.

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Gay Catholic Group Celebrates 40 Years in Washington, DC

The Washington Blade has published an extensive piece recognizing Dignity/Washington's 40th Anniversary

By Joey DiGuglielmo on November 29, 2012

All the mainline Christian denominations by now have gay subgroups that have formed and many in the U.S. — Episcopalians, United Methodists and others — can point to huge strides they’ve made over the last several decades in persuading their hierarchies to acknowledge their presence.

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Equally Blessed asks Bishops to Abandon Misguided Appoach to LGBT Issues

 Equally Blessed, a coalition of four Catholic groups that work on behalf of equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the church and the wider society released this statement on yesterday’s election.

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Forward, not Backward

By Lewis Speaks-Tanner, DignityUSA Vice President

During a recent Sunday homily, I heard the opening sentences of the Vatican II document, Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, also known as Gaudium et Spes. It begins with, “The joys and hopes, the grief and anguish of the people of our time, especially of those who are poor or afflicted, are the joys and hopes, the grief and anguish of the followers of Christ as well. Nothing that is genuinely human fails to find an echo in their hearts. For theirs is a community of people united in Christ and guided by the Holy Spirit in their pilgrimage towards the Father’s kingdom, bearers of a message of salvation for all of humanity. That is why they cherish a feeling of deep solidarity with the human race and its history.”