- It is very important to identify yourself as a Catholic who supports marriage equality.
- Talk a little about the role faith plays in your life.
- If official Church teachings on homosexuality have influenced your beliefs at any time, be honest about that.
- Talk about why this issue is important to you.
Solidarity Sunday began in 1995 when the Board of Directors of DignityUSA recognized that 70–80% of American Catholics supported equal rights for gays and lesbians. It was decided to invite these people to join in solidarity with us and to work with us to end verbal and physical abuse.
Initiatives to deny or rescind basic civil rights have been on ballots in many states.
Hate crimes legislation: Only 15 states and the District of Columbia include sexual orientation in their hate crimes statutes.
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Please substitute for the word "God" the most appropriate to your faith tradition.
God, You are the Creator and Lover of all.
You wish us to live in solidarity with each other
and to rejoice in our diversity.
We pray that all Your lesbian, gay,
bisexual, transgender and straight
children may experience justice,
enjoy peace and spread Your love
throughout the world.
I will work for civil and human rights for all people, including gays, lesbians, bisexuals and the transgender. Civil rights are not special rights.
I will seek to stop jokes and unkind language about anyone, including gays, lesbians, bisexuals and the transgender when spoken in my presence. Words that hurt and bigotry are not funny.
- Schedule a candlelight service of remembrance for those affected by HIV/AIDS.
- Have a service of healing for those living with HIV/AIDS and their caregivers.
- Observe a moment of silence during worship for those who have died of AIDS.
- During liturgy pray for people infected with HIV, those living with AIDS, and family and friends who are affected by HIV/AIDS.
- Distribute HIV/AIDS Fact sheets and red ribbons for the Sunday before World AIDS Day.
- Invite those living with HIV/AIDS to share their stories.
Key leaders from America's religious, academic and media communities gathered at the Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta from November 8-11, 1998, for the first Convocation on AIDS and Religion in America.
In 1985 DignityUSA established a "day of fasting and prayer for HIV/AIDS to be observed on the first Sunday of Lent and that each Chapter is requested to hold an appropriate service on that day in memory of all those who have died of AIDS and to provide comfort and encouragement to the partners, families and friends of these people and all other concerned individuals." (HOD Resolution # 20)