Defender’s Mass on January 15

January 12, 2017 by  
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The Defender’s Philosophy

We believe that Christian LGBT persons, who are into
Leather/Levi, can express their sexuality in a manner
consistent with Christ’s teachings hence the name
“Defenders.” We represent another
face of Catholicism and defend our right
to express ourselves in a variety of ways.

Leather is an integral part of our being as well as our spirituality.
We believe it would be hypocritical to deny our affinity for leather and the
images connoted by it.

It would be just as hypocritical to ignore
our spiritual side when we wear
our leather. Just as Jesus challenged the traditional limits
of religion in His day, we believe
our role challenges the traditional
concept of religion today.

For more information on the
Defenders, please contact Tom
Yates at

Dignity/NoVA New Years Eve Mass — Dec. 31

December 28, 2016 by  
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Dignity NoVA will hold a New Year’s Eve Mass at Immanual Church On the Hill in Alexndria, VA at 6:30 PM. All are welcome to attend.

Immanuel Church on the Hill
3606 Seminary Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22304

Advent Reflections Tuesday Night at The Dignity Center

December 8, 2016 by  
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Join us as we open up to the season of Advent with reflections on “Calm” by Michael A. Smith. This book focuses on developing a sense of calm and mindfulness to improve one’s own life and the world. These evenings programs will run from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at the Dignity Center and will include soft drinks and light snacks. We will meet on the four Tuesdays of Advent: November 29 – December 20. All are welcome, and sign-ups will be available in the back of church in the next few weeks. Denis and Jeff will lead the discussion.

Jesus said to his disciples, “Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come. It is like a man traveling abroad. He leaves home and places his servants in charge, each with his work, and orders the gatekeeper to be on the watch. Watch, therefore; you do not know when the lord of the house is coming, whether in the
evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or in the morning. May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to all: Watch!” —Mark 13:33-37

Join Dignity/USA at US Bishop’s Conference Nov. 15

November 11, 2016 by  
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On Tuesday, November 15, 2016, DignityUSA will sponsor a Prayer Vigil outside the hotel in Baltimore where the US Conference of Catholic Bishops is holding its annual meeting. We want to remember the victims of the Pulse massacre, as well as the 123 transgender people murdered in the US so far this year, and call on our bishops to explicitly condemn violence towards LGBTQ people.

Following the shooting at Pulse, only 6 of the nearly 300 US bishops dared to acknowledge that those killed were targeted because they are LGBTQ. For our community’s safety, they must be mindful of the role that religious rhetoric and dehumanizing teaching play in allowing this kind of targeted violence.

Please join us on Tuesday between 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM outside the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott, 700 Aliceanna Street, Baltimore for this prayer vigil. Join us as we pray the Rosary and remember those lost to anti-LGBT violence and call on the US Conference of Catholic Bishops to acknowledge the reality of their lives, and our lives. Come for the entire time, or drop in as you are able.

If you are able to come, please let us know by emailing or signing up at the Facebook event page for the Vigil. And help spread the word!

Hope to see you Tuesday!

Tues, July 26: Listen to Inside Out LGBT Radio

July 26, 2016 by  
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Listen to WPFW, 89.3 FM, 2-3 p.m. EST, as Dignity/Washington President Vin Testa, and Tom Woods, DC Spiritual Director, discuss navigating Catholicism for those in the LGBT community. The show will air live from (and will be archived as well streamed live on Please call in to share your questions and comments during the second half of the show. Call in number is 202-588-0893.

Thank you to Inside Out Radio for featuring Dignity/Washington!


Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Orlando – June 15, 8pm

June 13, 2016 by  
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Several faith communities will be gathering to join in prayer for those lost and affected by the senseless tragedy in Orlando, Florida.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Dupont Circle, Washington, DC

Names of the supporting faith communities will be updated and added as they commit to join this event.

** This event WILL be ASL interpreted. Please spread the word.**

For most up-to-date information, please visit the Facebook event page:

Faith Communities/Leaders Attending:
– Dignity/Washington
– Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
– Bethel Christian Church – DC
– National City Christian Church
– Baltimore-Washington Area Reconciling United Methodists
– Covenant Baptist UCC
– Imam Daayiee Abdullah
– Empowerment Liberation Cathedral/Bishop Allyson Abrams
– Augustana Lutheran Broadcast Outreach Ministries
– Augustana Lutheran Church – DC
– Bet Mispachah
– Center Faith
– Holy Redeemer MCC
– Capitol Hill United Methodist Church
– Lutheran Church of the Reformation
– St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church
– St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill
– Rabbi Binyamin Biber, Humanist Chaplain @ American University
– Humanist Community and Chaplaincy at American University
– Labor Heritage Foundation
– GLOE at the Washington, DC JCC
– Foundry United Methodist Church
– Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church
– Wesley United Methodist Church
– St. Luke’s Mission Center
– ReconcilingWorks
– Dumbarton United Methodist Church
– Calvary Baptist Church
– St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church
– Episcopal Diocese of Washington, DC
– Always God’s Children, LGBT group of the Cathedral of St. Matthew of the Apostle

Gun Violence Prevention (GVP) organizations assisting:
– Project End Gun Violence
– Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
– Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Prior to this event, please attend a very important conversation hosted by the DC Center:


Join Dignity/Washington for Capital Pride June 11 and 12

June 7, 2016 by  
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Dignity/Washington will participate in the 2016 Capital Pride Parade and Festival.
Make plans to march with us! We will have a float again this year.

Capital Pride Parade on Saturday June 11

Meet on 22nd street between N and P at 3:45 PM for the parade. Playing off of Capital Pride’s 2016 theme of “Magic”, since our magic is God’s LOVE, we’re here to ‪#‎MakeLoveHappen‬.

Please send an email to Larry Ranly ( or Vin Testa ( if you want more information

Capital Pride Festival Sunday June 12

Dignity/Washington will have a booth at Sunday’s Capital Pride Festival. We appreciate any volunteers who can help manage the booth or walk around handing out stickers for a chunk of time.

To better manage scheduling, we have created a google doc for individuals to sign up for times you are able to help staff the booth. We would like at least two people manning the booth at all times, though if we can get a few more people in each time slot, we would like to have them handing out stickers at the festival. Please put your name on the attached sheet for any times you can staff the booth.

Sign Up for Pride Festival Booth

Join The Capital Pride Planning Committee

June 1, 2016 by  
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The Capital Pride Planning Committee has been formed, and we are looking for members/volunteers to assist us with planning and implementing Dignity/Washington’s participation in the parade and festival.

The Capital Pride Parade is Saturday, June 11. Dignity/Washington will meet on 22nd street between N and P at 4:00 for the parade. Dignity/Washington will have flatbed truck as we did last year.

Please send an email to Larry Ranly ( or Vin Testa ( if you want more information or would like to participate in any way.

Flea Market May 14 at The Dignity Center

May 10, 2016 by  
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Defenders LLC and Dignity/Washington Flea Market


Join the Defenders and Dignity/Washington for a Flea Market (formerly known as the “Leather Flea Market”) on Saturday May 14, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM at The Dignity Center 721 8th Street SE, Washington, DC

Contact Tom Yates for more information at

Action for Women’s Ordination & LGBT Rights

March 18, 2016 by  
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Roy Bourgeois and the Women’s Ordination Conference invite Dignity/Washington members to join him and two women priests for a VIGIL, CEREMONY, and ACTION in support of women’s ordination and LGBT Equality, on Holy Thursday March 24 at 10:00 am, in front of the Vatican Embassy. He encourages Dignity/Washington attendees to bring their own signs and banners.

Vatican Embassy-DC

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