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News Archive (2013)

Dignity/NoVA News

By David Lamdin, Dignity/NoVA

Dignity/Northern Virginia (D/NoVA) celebrated its 21st Anniversary on May 11, 2013. The celebration included Mass, followed by a fun picnic dinner party in the church hall. A silent auction and a 50/50 drawing added to the evening's activities. Daniel Barutta, Dignity/Washington's (D/W) president, won the 50/50 and generously donated his share back to D/NoVA.

DC Youth Pride Attendees Hear From Dignity/Washington Young Adults

By Kenneth Dowling, Dignity/Washington Board member

Seven volunteers from Dignity/Washington's year-old Young Adult Group staffed a table at the annual DC Youth Pride Day held in Dupont Circle on April 27. The all-day event is marketed toward LGBT high school- and college-aged DC locals to celebrate awareness, visibility, and pride. The event has drawn over 3,000 young people in recent years.

Second Annual Baccalaureate Mass Held at Dignity/Washington

By Henry Huot, Dignity/Washington Board member

On Sunday May 12, Dignity/Washington celebrated Mass to acknowledge the Ascension of Our Lord, Mother’s Day, and all young adults nearing the end of their academic year. Advance notice to the community had been given for all to come wearing their school colors and/or emblems, and many did. A special blessing was imparted at the end of the liturgy to all students for their continued advancement in knowledge and/or work in the months and years ahead.

Dignity/Dayton News

By Bob Butts, Dignity/Dayton Board member 

Dignity/Dayton's Living Beatitudes Community will march in the Dayton Pride Festival on June 20 and will also sponsor four tables and an information booth at the Pride Dinner, held at Sinclair Community College on Thursday June 13.

We Are All Bostonians

By Lewis Speaks-Tanner, DignityUSA Vice President

The week of April 15 was surreal. New York and Washington, DC know all too well what terror is like. Boston has just suffered tremendously. In Boston, Patriot’s Day is usually a wonderful day off for many. It is also the day that the Red Sox play in Fenway Park and the Boston Marathon occurs. This marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon, where amateur and professional runners have to qualify in order to participate. Families and friends cheer as their loved ones run the hilly terrain of eight Massachusetts cities and towns.

Support the 2013 Conference: Greetings and Ads, Memorials, Sponsorships, and Scholarships

By Marty Grochala, Peggy Hayes, and Ramon Rodriguez

There are many ways to support the Convention and broaden the circle of our Dignity family. Many Dignity members make additional contributions to help underwrite the costs of the Convention or to help make it possible for others to attend and experience the strength of our Dignity community. Here are some stories about the many ways you or your chapter can support Minneapolis 2013!

Marriage Equality Justice Work To Be Recognized in Convention’s Opening Ceremonies

By Jim Smith, DignityUSA Program Manager

Thirty. That's the number of states that put before voters a marriage amendment that would define marriage as a union between one man and one woman. All 30 states passed the amendment, until November 7, 2012! That day, the citizens of Minnesota voted "No" to enshrining this limit in their constitution. It was a breathtaking moment in the wee hours of November 8 when the final votes were tallied. Joy ensued, lasting days, weeks, even months. This victory was no miracle. It was the result of months of work by thousand of allies committed to justice.