Our Mission Statement

DignityUSA works for respect and justice for people of all sexual orientations, genders, and gender identities — especially gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons — in the Catholic Church and the world through education, advocacy, and support. 

Statement of Position and Purpose

We believe that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics in our diversity are members of Christ's mystical body, numbered among the People of God. We have an inherent dignity because God created us, Christ died for us, and the Holy Spirit sanctified us in Baptism, making us temples of the Spirit, and channels through which God's love becomes visible. Because of this, it is our right, our privilege, and our duty to live the sacramental life of the Church, so that we might become more powerful instruments of God's love working among all people. 

We believe that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons can express their sexuality in a manner that is consonant with Christ's teaching. We believe that we can express our sexuality physically, in a unitive manner that is loving, life-giving, and life-affirming. We believe that all sexuality should be exercised in an ethically responsible and unselfish way. 

DIGNITY is organized to unite gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics, as well as our families, friends and loved ones in order to develop leadership, and be an instrument through which we may be heard by and promote reform in the Church. 

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Action Alerts

Did you know that 92% of LGBTQ youth say they've heard negative messages about their sexuality? Bullying among children and young adults has a marked and lasting impact on communities, and much work remains to ease the challenges and pressures faced by LGBT youth.

Solidarity Sunday is a faith-based anti-violence initiative which DignityUSA initiated in 1995 as a way of making our opposition to anti-LGBTQ violence visible.  This program is not limited to Catholics but is for all people!  

We welcome all of our members to meet the DignityUSA Board during the weekend of September 30 – October 2, 2016 at the Bayfront Suites, in Plainfield, Indiana. The Board will be meeting beginning Friday, September 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Saturday, October 1 from 9:00 a.m.

My name is Jillian Scheer, and I am a doctoral student conducting an online study on healthcare provided to the LGBTQ community with the goal of improving services for our community.

DignityUSA Now an Approved Charity for the Combined Federal Campaign!

Attention Federal employees:  Starting with the Fall 2016 Campaign, you can designate DignityUSA as a charity to receive your pre-tax workplace contributions! When your campaign begins in September, please indicate that you would like to have your gift benefit CFC number #73047 -- DignityUSA on paper form, or DignityUSA (Dignity, Inc) online. We’d be so grateful if you elect to direct your giving to DignityUSA. Thank you for your support!


Breath of the Spirit

According to most scholars of the Christian Scriptures, Luke is the first author to write presuming he and all the members of his community would die natural deaths before Jesus returned in the Parousia. What Jesus’ original disciples believed would be a short interval between his death/resurrection and his Second Coming, now by the mid-80s, second and third generation Christians were discovering it would comprise an entire lifetime. Though prior authors had trained their communities to be sprinters, Luke was in the business of training the members of his church to be long distance runners. There was now an unforeseen element of time present in carrying on the ministry of Jesus. People now were being asked to be other Christs for much longer than the historical Jesus had originally carried on his ministry.
See previous Breath of the Spirit See previous Dateline

Quarterly Voice

DignityUSA thanks Jim & Evelyn Whitehead for initiating, soliciting and shepherding these three thought-provoking, hopeful QV issues on Transgender Spirituality, a topic that challenges the boundaries of traditional Catholic thinking, and one that speaks to the very core of Dignity-USA’s mission. As I have often stated, “Let’s make the ‘T’ in LGBTQ visible, integrated, and supported within DignityUSA and within our Church and society.”

See previous QV