By Lui Francesco Matsuo and Lauren Carpenter
Boston, MA. August 10, 2016. DignityUSA, the nation’s largest organizations of Catholics committed to justice and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in our Church and in society, is calling on fellow Catholic Senator Marco Rubio to cancel his appearance at an anti-gay event being held in Orlando on August 11, 2016, the two-month anniversary of the worst mass shooting in US, which occurred at Pulse nightclub, an LGBT club.
Pope Francis Demonstrates “Lamentable and Dangerous Ignorance” on Gender Identity; DignityUSA Cautions His Words Put Lives at Risk
Boston, MA. August 1, 2016. During a meeting with Polish bishops while attending World Youth Day, Pope Francis concluded his remarks by complaining that children are being taught “that everyone can choose their gender.” He also called this “ideological colonization” by “very influential countries.”
By Peggy Hayes, Dignity/Boston
When the U.S. State Department was organizing a visit to Boston by a delegation of leaders working for human rights for LGBTQ persons, they contacted Dignity/Boston. Would Dignity/Boston discuss social and cultural approaches to gender and sexual orientation identities in a diverse society, and share its strategies for addressing public policy issues from a faith perspective? Of course!
by Lewis Speaks-Tanner,
LGBT Catholics welcome statement of Pope Francis that the Catholic Church must apologize to gay people, say apology must be followed by concrete actions
Boston, MA. June 26, 2016--Leaders of DignityUSA, the organization of LGBTQ Catholics and allies committed to equality and justice for LGBTQ people, welcomed the statement of Pope Francis today that the Church must apologize to gay people and to other groups that it has let down or offended throughout history. The Pope’s comments echoed similar remarks made last week by one of his closest advisors, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Germany.
Last month, the Sisters of Mercy in San Francisco decided to continue the employment of Gabriel Bodenheimer (pictured below), a transgender man, at Mercy High School.
June 13, 2016
Dear Pope Francis,
I appreciate that you have expressed “horror and condemnation” and recognized that it was “senseless hatred” that led to the massacre in Orlando. I, and many others, share these feelings. However, you, and most of the bishops in the U.S. who have responded to this tragedy, have failed to name the reality that those who were killed, injured, and traumatized in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history were patrons of a gay nightclub, and that nearly all identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
Boston, MA, June 12, 2016. DignityUSA, the organization of Catholics committed to equality and justice for LGBTQ people, offers our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives during the overnight attack at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. We offer prayers and support to the injured, and to those who witnessed the horrors of this attack. We thank the law enforcement officers who responded for their response, which prevented further loss of life.
LGBT Catholic Group Supports Obama Administration Letter on Transgender Students, Rejects Bishops Demand that Children “Accept their own Body as it was Created”
Boston, MA. May 18, 2016.