Join Dignity at Pride Interfaith Service on June 9


Join the DC community for the Capital Pride Interfaith Service – Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 7:30 PM

Hosted by All Souls Unitarian Church at 16th St. and Columbia Road N.W. ( a couple of blocks north of Meridian Hill Park)

The theme of this year’s serves is “Radical Equality: Faith, Race, & Justice; Exploring our response to issues of racial justice in LGBT Communities of Faith and society”.

Featured speakers: Rev. Cedric A. Harmon, Co-Director, Many Voices, Lisbeth Melendez-Rivera, Religion and Faith Program Director of HRC Latino and Catholic Initiatives.

Dignity/Washington will be participating by blessing the space with incense and bells and taking up the collection. If you would like to volunteer for these activities or to be part of the community choir, please contact Tom Bower at Mass or at

March in Capital Pride Parade on June 13


The Dignity/Washington Capital Pride Planning Committee is seeking volunteers to assist with the planning for Dignity/Washington’s contingent in the 2015 Capital Pride Parade on June 13th.

Anyone interested in joining the Planning Committee, please contact:

  • Vin Testa or
  • Larry Ranly

Let Us Welcome the Newly Baptized


On the Sunday after Easter, April 12, Dignity/Washington was pleased to welcome into the community of the Catholic faith Luna Isabella, the infant daughter of proud parents Joana and Leti. Please accept our warm congratulations and assurances of our community’s continuing support and prayers as together we all journey in faith and love to become fully mature in Christ’s Spirit.

Moon Over Washington Potluck Dinner June 7

Allen, Jose-Luis, and Henry

Allen, Jose-Luis, and Henry

Please join Dignity/Washington for the annual Moon Over Washington potluck dinner on Saturday, June 7 at 7:00 PM
On the Roof-Top, at the Home of Jim Bedore.

Please bring a main dish, side dish, beverages, or dessert. Come see the sunset over Washington and its monuments, as well as a spectacular view of the National Cathedral.

For more information, contact our host Jim Bedore, at:

The Altamont
1901 Wyoming Avenue is 2½ blocks up the hill from St.
Margaret’s Church.

Go up Connecticut Avenue until it divides with Columbia
Road. Take the right-hand curve onto Columbia Road.
The first left-hand turn is 20th Street. You have arrived.

The building is called the Altamont.
The front entrance is at the corner of Wyoming Avenue,
Columbia Road, and 20th Street. A “7-Eleven” is across
the street on Columbia Road.

Public transportation: Take the Metro Red Line to
Dupont Circle; take the Q Street exit. Cross Connecticut
Avenue. Either walk 5 blocks up the hill, or board any 42
Bus (Mt. Pleasant) up the hill to Columbia/Wyoming/20.
The bus stops in front of the “7-Eleven” on Columbia
Road, across the street from the “Altamont.”

The “Altamont” has a 24-hour desk. You will be directed
to take the elevator to the 7th Floor and then walk up
one more flight of 18 steps to the roof-top.

Join Us at DignityUSA’s Convention in Seattle



DignityUSA’s biennial convention will be held July 2 – 5, in Seattle.  Click on the link above for more information and to register.  DignityUSA’s convention will page will give your information on speakers, the convention program, hotel information, and more. The convention will feature three keynote speakers:

  • Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of NETWORK
  • Dan Savage, writer, TV personality and gay activist
  • Paul Coutinho, author and speaker

Reserve your place using the Convention 2015 All in One Registration form.

Dignity/Washington at Supreme Court Rally

Members of Dignity/Washington joined other LGBT groups to rally for marriage equality at the Supreme Court on April 28, the day the court heard arguments in the case that could bring marriage equality to all states in the United States.






Movie Night Schedule May – December 2015

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

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 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

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

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