TransFaith Online announces new spirituality track and Interfaith Trans-Clergy Roundtable to be held at Philadelphia TransHealth Conference (June 11-13, 2009; http://www.transfaithonline.org/transhealth/).
Boston, MA. DignityUSA, New Ways Ministry and Call To Action-three Catholic organizations that support gay equality-will hold vigils in five cities across the nation on Wednesday, Dec 10, to protest Vatican opposition to a United Nations resolution that would decriminalize homosexuality. In more than 80 countries, gay people can still be imprisoned or even executed.
Groups Say Vatican's Stance Amounts to Condoning Anti-Gay Violence
Boston, MA-Leaders of the Catholic groups DignityUSA, New Ways Ministry and Call To Action, spoke out today to condemn the Vatican's opposition to a proposed U.N. declaration that would lessen against the discrimination against of lesbian, gay and bisexual people worldwide.
The U.N. proposal, which is sponsored by France and backed by 27 European Union nations, seeks to end the practice of criminalizing and punishing people for their sexual orientation.
DignityUSA is proud to join the Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund, Human Rights Campaign Foundation, Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund & Leadership Institute, PFLAG, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, National Black Justice Coalition, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, Freedom to Marry, BiNet USA, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, Equality Federation, National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, National Coalition for LGBT Health, LGBT Community Center of NY, International Federation of Black Prides, CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers, and Family Equality Coalition to present:
By Shari Miller, Vice-President, Dignity/Denver
Dignity/Denver held its Third Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance Liturgy on Sunday, November 16th, 2008. This moving event originally came about because one of our members knew someone on the list who was being memorialized. That person was a 24-year old Hispanic woman who was murdered with a shotgun inside her own apartment. She was a gentle soul murdered because she was gender-variant.
By Gary Kayler, Dignity/Indianapolis, Requiescat in Pace
Recently, Lewis Tanner, DignityUSA Secretary, and I were discussing DignityUSA’s Convention 2009 in San Francisco next summer. He asked me to write a few words about it and why I never miss a convention. Like the rest of you, I haven’t received the latest information about details. However, with registration come some free meals, a dinner-dance and loads of fun.
Here are some suggestions:
By Bart Coyle, Dignity/Sarasota
Moving to Florida eight years ago was supposed to be the beginning of the retirement phase of my partner’s and my life. That didn’t happen. Right from the “get go” my partner got involved with and became president of the GLBT Bowling League, the Chairman of Sarasota Pride Fest and a board member of the ALSO Out Youth program. I became a part-time volunteer at Bethesda House, a food bank for Persons Living with AIDS. I was one of the founders of Dignity/Sarasota and subsequently the President of the Board for the first four years. I later became Dignity’s representative to the Gulf Coast Affirming Interfaith Network (GAIN). GAIN conducts two interfaith services every year: World AIDS Day and a service that opens Sarasota’s Pride Fest season. I never understood retired people who say they have less time now than they did when they were working, I fully understand that now.
As many of you probably recall, when I was first approached about taking on the role of DignityUSA President, I had many concerns. The organization was facing enormous financial and leadership challenges, membership was declining, and it was unclear what Dignity’s role should be. I questioned whether I was the person best suited to lead our organization’s response to these challenges, and was unsure about the level of commitment remaining among our members.
DignityUSA urges all of our members and friends to join the nationwide simultaneous rallies/protests against the passage of California's Proposition 8, which will take away the right for same-gender couples to marry. Events are being held in every state of the nation at 1:30 PM Eastern Time, 12:30 PM Central Time, 11:30 AM Mountain Time, 10:30 AM Pacific Time, and 8:30 AM in Hawaii on Saturday, November 15. For a list of events in your area, please visit
To the Dignity community:
From time to time, member chapters of Dignity have requested copies of the new DignityUSA logo for use in publications, advertisements, T-shirts, and their own websites. DignityUSA is pleased to make them available for such uses. Below you will find information about using the DignityUSA logo, as well as several options for downloading it to your computer.