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News Archive (2012)

LGBT Catholics Recount 40-year History

By Marty Grochala, Dignity/Chicago Member

Dignity/Chicago ended its 40th Anniversary year with a history panel with current and past members sharing stories about their faith journey and the many changes experienced in church and society. The event took place on Sunday, October 21 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. at Broadway United Methodist Church in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood.

Dignity/Boston Participates in Orgullo Latino

By John Prybot, Dignity/Boston Member

Dignity/Boston participated in this year's Orgullo Latino celebration in Boston’s South End on Saturday, October 28, 2012. Rocco Pigneri and Steven Young represented Dignity/Boston at the "Family Day," an event programmed for Blackstone Community Center situated in the South End of Boston. Hearing about this, I offered to accompany them.

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Queer Catholic Faith: A conversation with Mary Ellen and Casey Lopata and Jim Lopata

On Tuesday, October 23rd, DignityUSA's Program Manager, Jim Smith, held a conversation with the founders of Fortunate Families, Mary Ellen and Casey Lopata, and their son, Jim.  They talked about the origins of Fortunate Familes, their feelings when Jim came out to them, Jim's spiritual journey, as well as answering questions from the QCF participants.  If you misssed this inspiring conversation or would like to relive it, watch the video by clicking on the link above.

Knights of Columbus Spending Millions to Stop Marriage Equality

Equally Blessed LogoWASHINGTON, D. C., October 18--The Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal organization, has used its extensive financial resources to become one of the most aggressive opponents of marriage equality in the United States, according to a report released today by Equally Blessed. The group is a coalition of four Catholic groups that support equal treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the church and the wider society.

Queer Catholic Faith back by popular demand!

Solidly enjoyed by Dignity members and non-members earlier this year, QCF returns this October for a second season of monthly webshows.

What is QCF? Live web-interviews with featured guests, with real-time questions and conversation from attendees, all from the comfort of our homes and computer screens.

QCF explores with guests in an intimate way often not experienced in the conference room. Guests’ spirituality, faith and prophetic witness are among the topics probed.

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San Francisco’s New Archbishop Worries Gay Catholics

“We’re concerned because currently there are fairly healthy environments available for people to integrate their identity and their faith, including many welcoming parishes and other church organizations,” Mr. Riofski [co-chair of Dignity/San Francisco] said. “At this point, everyone is in a state of anticipation wondering what will happen and what will be the focus of this archbishop.”

Epistles from Within our Midst

By Marianne Duddy-Burke

Marty Haugen’s All Are Welcome has become something of an anthem for LGBT Catholics, and for good reason. The conviction that our Church, our Eucharistic table, should be a place where everyone is honored and embraced has deep resonance in a community that has known exclusion and isolation.

The hymn’s third verse is

Let us build a house where prophets speak,
And words are strong and true,
Where all God's children dare to seek
To dream God's reign anew.


By AW, member of Dignity/San Francisco

I remember sometime back when the government started to push for 'affirmative action.’ At that time quotas were rampant everywhere. Each school, company, and business had to comply with 'affirmative action.'

Schools had to make sure that a percentage of their population, students or employees, were minorities. Work places had even more pressure to comply with these requirements and a short time to do so, unless they were willing to pay fines or face other problems.

Bisexual and Whole

by Lacey Louwagie

Some people tell stories about “always knowing” that they weren't straight. I didn't always know. Part of me really did want the vision that the culture told me I should want—love with a man, traditional marriage, and family. And in the end, that's what I got—sort of. The path wasn't as straightforward as it might seem.

When I first realized I was bisexual, I was sixteen, in love with a man, and having dreams about women that … didn't seem totally straight.