DignityUSA is thrilled to announce that Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey will deliver the Keynote Address titled, “Table Manners for Hungry Radicals,” at the July 6-9, 2017 conference. Dr. Lightsey is the only openly queer lesbian African-American ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, and is associate dean and professor of contextual theology and practice at the Boston University School of Theology. She is a veteran who teaches about just war theory, as well as teaching courses on LGBTQI Theology.
40th Anniversary, August 12, 2016
On November 17, 2016, Becky Duddy-Burke and Mary Beth Foley represented Dignity/Boston at a panel discussion on the campus of Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. The event was hosted by the university’s Newman Association and the theme was understanding the experiences of LGBTQI Catholics. Emilee Cocuzzo, one of the Newman Association student leaders, asked Becky and Mary Beth a variety of questions concerning their own faith experiences, coming out, and their thoughts about the Catholic Church’s views and practices regarding LGBTQI individuals.
Remarks from Vigil for Pulse Victims and Murdered Transgender People at USCCB Meeting, November 2016
We gather here today, outside the building where the US Conference of Catholic Bishops is meeting, to honor the lives lost to anti-LGBTQI violence, and to call on the Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church—on our bishops—to acknowledge them, and us, by the names we call ourselves. Lesbian. Gay. Bisexual. Transgender. Intersex. Queer.
DignityUSA, the leading organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning and intersex (LGBTQI) Catholics, is calling upon people of all faiths to commemorate the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) by standing in solidarity with transgender people.
Thank you for having me here. It is an honor to be with you to remember victims of anti-LGBT violence. Though we are from different countries, this is a reality that binds us all, and it is good and right to stand together in witness and remembrance.
November 4, 2016—“DignityUSA is deeply disappointed by Pope Francis’ recent reaffirmation of Pope John Paul II's statement that the ordination of women will never be possible in the Catholic Church,” said the organization’s executive director, Marianne Duddy-Burke.
By Marianne Duddy-Burke, DignityUSA Executive Director
At a just-concluded gathering of more than 40 Church Reform leaders held just outside Chicago, there was strong interest in the experience of LGBTQ Catholics and families. A work group on these issues developed a resolution, which was unanimously endorsed by the representatives of 11 countries from Australia, Europe, North America, and South America.
October 29, 2016: This week, our Executive Director, Marianne Duddy-Burke, was part of an assembly of Church reformers that brought together lay leaders, women religious, and priests from 11 countries, four continents, and five languages. In two weeks, she will be one of two US representatives to the meeting of International Movement We Are Church in Rome. In both circles, she is the only openly LGBTQ person there specifically charged with raising our concerns and witnessing to our gifts. See her thoughts on the first gathering in this mailing.