Dignity Celebrates SCOTUS Decision for Marriage Equality

July 1, 2015 by  
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After a Sunday Mass on June 28 where special thanksgiving was given to mark the historic US Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage across the country, Dignity/Washington Board Vice-President Vin Testa led the Dignity/Washington community and a large crowd of friends and allies in a toast to begin a special buffet celebration.

During the festivities Dignity/Washington was proud to recognize Vin whose photo, taken as he was waving the Rainbow Flag in front of the US Supreme Court building on June 26, was featured in the national editions of the New York Times the next day. This was the second time that a photo of Vin in a similar pose in front of the US Supreme Court was used in the national media: the first time two years ago when the justices announced their DOMA decision.

Congratulations Vin! Read the full article at:
Vin Testa at SCOTUS for Marriage Equality Ruling

Dignity/Washington bids farewell to Board Member

July 1, 2015 by  
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After Mass on Sunday, June 21, the Dignity/Washington community presented a certificate of appreciation and good wishes to five-year member Kenneth Dowling as he returns to San Francisco to pursue studies for a PhD in psychology.

Always there when Dignity/Washington needed him, we greatly appreciate the many gifts he shared with us and the Washington, DC, LGBT community as a valuable member of the D/W Board and Executive Committee, Lector, Eucharistic Minister and Acolyte at Mass, founder of the Queer for Christ organization, and the inspiration behind the new D/W logo.

In addition, he contributed much to the D/W social media presence, including the Facebook and website improvements, and was one of the founders of both the local and national Dignity Young Adults Groups. As he leaves for his next venture, he takes a bit of us with him and we wish him all good things and many blessings.

Dignity Attends Night Out with the Nationals

June 23, 2015 by  
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On June 17 dozens of Dignity/Washington baseball fans joined thousands more at the 11th annual Night OUT at the Nationals game that continues to be the largest LGBT event in major league sports. According to local media reports, Night OUT at the Nationals ticket sales have plateaued at 3,500 to 4,000 and the evening, always held the week following Capital Pride, has become a social event for some and a chance to watch a Nationals game with members of their own community for others. This year the Nats played the Tampa Bay Rays (and lost 5-0). Honorees at this year’s game included Dignity/Washington’s own Bernie Delia who serves as Capital Pride President and in the past have included Daniel Hernandez in 2011, the brave gay intern who helped to save the life of Rep. Gabby Giffords following the Arizona shootings.

Dignity Rocks 2015 Capital Pride Parade

June 18, 2015 by  
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Dignity/Washington rocked the Capital Pride parade with a float decked out in colors of the Gay flag. Add to that a spirited music soundtrack that featured “Salve Regina” and “I will follow him” from Sister Act and “Like a Prayer” from Madonna. Put all that on the back of a truck, and you have one raucous Gay Pride party float. No one rained on this parade as the Dignity/Washington contingent was acknowledged along the parade route for its ministry to LGBT Catholics since 1972.

A huge thanks to Larry Ranly, master builder of the float, and Vin Testa, music director, for organizing this year’s Capital Pride marchers and float. Everyone had a Capital Pride experience that will long be remembered.

After the parade, the Dignity/Washington float was covered on NBC 4 in Washington, DC. Click on the link below to view the video.

Video of Dignity at Capital Pride Parade

The Set Up: Get Ready to March







The Parade


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The Booth at Capital Pride Festival

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Laudato Si': Encyclical on the Environment

June 18, 2015 by  
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Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi

Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi

Pope Francis takes inspiration from St. Francis of Assisi in his first encyclical, Laudato Si’ or “Praised be”. Get the full text of Pope Francis’s Encyclical Laudato Si’ by clicking the link below.

Encyclical Laudato Si

Movie Night Schedule May – December 2015

April 27, 2015 by  
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Dignity Washington hosts movie night on the first and third Mondays of the month. Movies start at 7:30 PM at the Dignity Center 721 8th Street, SE Washington, DC 20003

Check out the schedule below or click on the link to download the complete schedule for May – December 2015.

Movie Night Schedule May – December 2015

Movie Night Movies


May 4
The Hunt [Jagten] (2012) 1:55
Dir. Thomas Vinterberg
A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son’s custody. His
life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son,
but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
[nominated 2013 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film]
In Danish with English subtitles (color)

May 18, 2015
Omar (2013) 1:36
Dir. Hany Abu-Assad
A young Palestinian freedom fighter agrees to work as an informant after he’s
tricked into an admission of guilt by association in the wake of an Israeli
soldier’s killing. [nominated 2013 Academy Award Best Foreign Language
In Arabic with English subtitles (color)

June 8, 2015
The Way He Looks (2014) 1:36
Dir. Hans Peter Moland
Leonardo is a blind teenager searching for independence. His everyday life,
the relationship with his best friend, Giovana, and the way he sees the world
change completely with the arrival of Gabriel. [winner of the 2014 Teddy
Award for best LGBT feature]
In Portuguese with English subtitles (color)

June 22, 2015
Kon Tiki (2012) 1:58
Dir. Daniel Ribeiro
Legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal’s epic 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on
a balsawood raft in 1947, in an effort to prove that it was possible for South
Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times. [nominated 2012 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film]
in Norwegian dubbed English (color)

July 6
In Darkness (2011) 2:25
Dir. Agnieszka Holland
A dramatization of one man’s rescue of Jewish refugees in the Nazi-occupied
Polish city of Lvov. [nominated 2011 Academy Award Best Foreign Language
Film] in Polish with English subtitles

July 20, 2015
Dogtooth [Kynodontas] (2009) 1:34
Dir. Yorgos Lanthimos
Three teenagers live isolated, without leaving their house, because their overprotective
Parents say they can only leave when their dogtooth falls out.
[Nominated 2010 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film]
In Greek with English subtitles (color)

August 3, 2015
Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005) 2:00
Dir. Marc Rothemund
A dramatization of the final days of Sophie Scholl, one of the most famous
members of the German World War II anti-Nazi resistance movement, The
White Rose. [nominated 2005 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film]
In German with English subtitles

August 17, 2015
As It Is in Heaven (2004) 2:13
Dir. Kay Pollak
A successful international conductor interrupts his career and returns alone to
his childhood village in Norrland, in the far north of Sweden.It doesn’t take
long before he is asked to come and listen to the fragment of a church choir.
[nominated 2004 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film]
in Swedish with English subtitles (color)

August 31
The Decline of the American Empire (1986) 1:41
Dir. Denys Arcand
Sexual revelations emerge when a group of academics and their partners
spend a weekend at a country retreat. [nominated 1986 Academy Award Best
Foreign Language Film]
Canadian French with English subtitles (color)

September 14, 2015
Bridegroom (2013) 1:20
Dir. Linda Bloodworth-Thomason
Shane Bitney Crone’s plans to marry Tom Bridegroom in California after the
same-sex marriage law is passed takes a tragic turn when his partner of six
years accidentally dies and Tom’s family refuses Shane from attending the
In English (color)

September 28, 2015
Howl (2010) 1:24
Dir. Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman
As Allen Ginsberg talks about his life and art, his most famous poem is
illustrated in animation while the obscenity trial of the work is dramatized.
[winner of 2011 National Board of Review Freedom of Expression Award, and
nominated for GLAAD Media Awards 2011 Outstanding Film]
In English (color)

October 12, 2015
Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean,… (1982) 1:49
Dir. Robert Altman
Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean – The Disciples of
James Dean meet up on the anniversary of his death and mull over their lives
in the present and in flashback, revealing the truth behind their complicated
English (color)

October 26, 2015
Don’t Look Now (1973) 1:50
Dir. Nicolas Roeg
A married couple grieving the recent death of their little daughter are in
Venice when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and
brings a warning from beyond. [voted in top 100 on Sight & Sound’s directors
English (color)

November 9, 2015
Gayby (2012) 1:29
Dir. Jonathan Lisecki
Jenn (straight) and Matt (gay) are best friends from college who are now in
their thirties. Single by choice, they decide to fulfill a youthful promise to
have a child together… the old fashioned way.
English (color)

November 23, 2015
Keep the Lights On (2012) 1:41
Dir. Ira Sachs
In Manhattan, film-maker Erik bonds with closeted lawyer Paul after a fling.
As their relationship becomes one fueled by highs, lows, and dysfunctional
patterns, Erik struggles to negotiate his own boundaries while being true to
himself. [winner of the 2012 Teddy Award for best LGBT feature]
in Danish with English subtitles (color)

December 7, 2015
Don’t Tell [La bestia nel cuore] (2005) 2:00
Dir. Christina Comencini
Sabina has a regular life. Lately nightmares start disturbing her. Slowly she
remembers her childhood. But a big secret is hidden within her heart. Sabina
wants to contact her brother to try to understand what has happened in their
past. [Nominated 2005 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film]
in Italian with English Subtitles (color)

December 21, 2015
Joyeux Noel (2005) 1:56
Dir. Christian Carion
On Christmas Eve during world War I, the Germans, French, and Scottish
fraternize and get to know the men who live on the opposite side of a brutal
war, in what became a true lesson of humanity. [nominated 2005 Academy
Award Best Foreign Language Film]
in French and German with English subtitles (color)

The Book Club Meets On Thursday Night

April 1, 2015 by  
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Dignity?Washington Book Club

Dignity/Washington Book Club

The Dignity/Washington Book Club was organized and began to meet in April 2004 at the Dignity Center on Barracks Row, 8th Street Southeast. The book club meets every Thursday at 7:30 PM at the Dignity Center. The next books that the Book Club will read are:

  • Korelitz, Jean Hanff. You Should Have Known. NY, Grand Central Pub., 2014. 464 pp.
  • Bram, Christopher. Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America. NY, Twelve, 2012. 372 pp.
  • Porter, Darwin and Danforth Prince. Pink Triangle: The Feuds and Private Lives of Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, Truman Capote, and Famous Members of Their Entourages. NY, Blood Moon Productions, 2014. 700 pp.
Book Club Meeting at the Dignity Center

Book Club Meeting at the Dignity Center

With the 8th Street renaissance came the opening of a variety of restaurants which members of the Book Club were eager to try. Some of its members then began gathering regularly for dinner before the book discussion.

Although the Book Club has some thirty-four members on its mailing list, the number of active members fluctuates between eight and twelve. Three or four current members have been with the Book Club from the very beginning while an additional three or four members have been with it for some eight years.


The active members of the Book Club determine the titles the Book Club members read. Periodically, each of these members recommends two titles: one of a serious nature and the other of a light, fictional or entertaining nature. The group then votes for the top two titles from each category, and then reads alternately from each list the four titles that receive the most votes. To add variety to its program, the Book Club views a film after completing the reading of each book. Here is a list of books that the Book Club has read in the past:


Book Club dinner prior to Thursday night meeting

Book Club dinner prior to Thursday night meeting

An Inspirational Evening with Bishop Gene Robinson


Bishop Gene Robinson, the openly gay Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire and a pioneer in the LGBT rights movement, spoke at Dignity/Washington on March 22 after the 6:00 Eucharist.  Gene Robinson  was elected Bishop of his Diocese in 2003 and served until 2013 when he retired and moved to Washington, DC where he now lives in Logan Circle.  He is currently serving as a fellow at the Center for American Progress, based in Washington, where he works with the LGBT team.



Bishop Robinson’s current interest lies in promoting an omnibus civil rights bill for LGBT Americans who still face discrimination in many sectors of our society.  He is committed to helping the development of a theology of gender identity which he sees as gravely needed.  In addressing the question of the intersection of sexuality and spirituality, he stated that he was convinced that, by virtue of their life journeys, many LGBT persons were spiritual but that many would not join a faith community because of their past experiences that made these communities appear dangerous to them.


“Homophobia is but one room in the larger hotel of misogyny” — Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson


Bishop Robinson maintained that it was beneficial for everyone to examine their sexuality, whether gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or straight, since there was an infinite number of sexualities, depending on the individual, and it was not helpful to rigidly identify oneself in one or the other group and fail to see our common humanity.  He challenged us to ponder the question:  “once the oppression against LGBT persons is over, will we still be a tribe?”  He answered his own question by venturing to say yes, only if we identify the oppression of other groups, join in their struggle for justice and make it our own.


“Courage is fear that has said its prayers” –Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson

Bishop Robinson shared stories about his own consecration, the reaction of other Churches in the Anglican Communion, and how he adjusted to living in the spotlight.  It was an inspirational evening that Dignity/Washington will remember fondly. Check www.dignitywashington.org for announcements for more programs coming soon in the Dignity/Washington Lecture Series.





Rt. Rev Gene Robinson at Dignity Washington

Rt. Rev Gene Robinson at Dignity Washington

Join Dignity/Washington for Movie Night

March 14, 2015 by  
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Dignity Washington hosts movie night on the first and third Mondays of the month. Movies start at 7:30 PM at the Dignity Center 721 8th Street, SE Washington, DC 20003

Check out the schedule below or click on the link to download the complete schedule for Winter 2015.

All Movies-Winter2015

Winter 2015

January 12, 2015
The Wind Rises [Kase tachinu]
Dir. Hayao Miyazaki
The Wind Rises is a fictionalized biopic of Jiro Horikoshi (1903–1982), designer of the Mitsubishi A5M fighter aircraft and its successor, the Mitsubishi A6M Zero, used by the Empire of Japan during World War II.
(2013) 2:06 in Japanese
dubbed English (color)

January 26, 2015
Foolish Wives
Dir. Gavin Hood
When released in 1922, the film was the most expensive film made at that time, and billed by Universal Studios as the “first million-dollar movie” to come out of Hollywood. Originally, von Stroheim intended the film to run anywhere between 6 and 10 hours.
(1922) 1:57 silent with
English subtitles (b&w)

February 9, 2015
Zero Kelvin [Kjaerlighetens kjotere]
Dir. Hans Peter Moland
In 1920s Oslo, an aspiring poet, leaves his girlfriend to spend a year as a trapper in Greenland, where he is teamed with a sailor and a scientist. Trapped in a tiny hut, as the arctic winter sets in, and an intense love/hate relationship develops between the poet and the sailor.
(1995) 1:58
in Norwegian English subtitles (color)

February 23, 2015
The Bandwagon
Dir. Vincente Minnelli
1953 musical comedy film that many critics rank, along with Singin’ in the Rain, as the finest of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musicals. It tells the story of an aging musical star who hopes a Broadway play will restart his career.
(1953) 1:52 in English (color)

March 9, 2015
Ashes & Diamonds [Popiol i diament]
Dir. Andrzej Wajda
Based on the 1948 novel by Polish writer Jerzy Andrzejewski, this is considered by film critics to be one of the great masterpieces of Polish cinema and arguably the finest Polish realist film.
(1958) 1:43
in Polish with English subtitles (b&w)

March 23, 2015
Chungking Express
Dir. Kar Wai Wong
1994 Hong Kong drama film, consisting of two stories told in sequence, each about a lovesick Hong Kong policeman mulling over his relationship with a woman.
(1994) 1:38 in Cantonese with
English subtitles (color)

April 6, 2015
Dir. William Wyler
American drama film starring Walter Huston, Ruth Chatterton and Mary Astor. Sidney Howard based the screenplay on his 1934 stage adaptation of the 1929 novel of the same name by Sinclair Lewis. Huston reprised his stage role.
(1936) 1:41 in English (B&W)

April 20, 2015
When the Wind Blows
Dir. Jimmy Murakami
British animated drama film directed by Jimmy Murakami based on Raymond Briggs’ graphic novel of the same name. The film stars the voices of John Mills and Peggy Ashcroft as the two main characters. When the Wind Blows is a hybrid of drawn animation and stop-motion
(1986) 1:20 in English (B&W)
All Movies start at 7:30 pm at the Dignity/Washington Center

Confessions of a Gay Jesuit

February 26, 2015 by  
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The article below is the story of how a brave Gay man committed himself to service in the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and encountered many other closeted Gay men within the Jesuit order. A similar article appeared in the Washington Post, but this article tells his first hand account of the spiritual journey of an LGBT Christian and his struggle to live an integrated, authentic life.

Confessions of a Gay Jesuit

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