President George H.W. Bush invites members of the GLBT community to the White House to witness the signing of a bill covering anti-gay violence. Congress eliminates a policy that prevented gay and lesbian foreigners from entering the U.S.

ACT-UP/Boston disrupts an ordination service by throwing condoms.

Dignity/Boston member Bob Grady writes a letter to the Cardinal expressing Dignity/Boston's disagreement with ACT-UP over their actions.


Chanting "Fight AIDS, not Arabs," protestors in New York City try to refocus media attention from the Persian Gulf War to AIDS.

Basketball star Earvin "Magic" Johnson announces that he is HIV-positive.

Pediatrics magazine publishes a study reporting that nearly 50% of the gay and lesbian teenagers interviewed said they had attempted suicide more than once.


Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith declares that discrimination against gays and lesbians regarding teaching, athletic coaching, adoptive parenting, and military recruitment is justified.

Dignity/USA issues statement expressing that it is "outraged, saddened, and dismayed at recent Vatican documents directing American bishops to actively oppose legislation that would protect civil rights of gay men and lesbians."

The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council tries to prevent members of the GLBT community from marching in its St. Patrick's Day march.

Newsweek runs a cover story on "lesbian chic." Singer k.d. lang comes out.

Two gay-themed children's books, Daddy's Roommate and Heather Has Two Mommies, evoke criticism in some New York City school districts.

Bill Clinton elected 42nd President of the United States, following a campaign in which hecourted the GLBT vote.

Dignity/Boston's Defenders is established as an outreach to the leather-levi community.


President Clinton raises the controversial issue of gays in the military, resulting in the compromise decision known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

Gay teenager Lawrence Poirier debuts in Lynn Johnston's comic strip "For Better or for Worse."

Marianne Duddy of Dignity/Boston is elected first woman president of Dignity/USA.

The GLBT community stages its third March on Washington.

First commitment ceremony held at Dignity/Boston.

President Clinton becomes the first president to hold a meeting with the heads of several GLBT organizations.

A study published in Science magazine suggests that male homosexuality is caused by genetics.


Gay plots appear on television in "Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City" and "Roseanne," among other shows.

Stonewall 25 and the Gay Games draw huge crowds of GLBT to New York City. Dignity/Boston has a contingent.

Members of Dignity/Boston participate in a letter-writing campaign to the Massachusetts Legislature that results in passage of the Gay and Lesbian Students' Rights Bill being passed.


Olympic diver Greg Louganis announces that he is gay and has AIDS.

One in Ten, a local GLBT newspaper, publishes a front-page story on Dignity/Boston.

Dignity/Boston awards its first Community Service Award for outstanding service to the GLBT Community.

Dignity/Boston offices move to the Boston Living Center at 29 Stanhope Street to share space with other GLBT and AIDS service organizations.


The Pilot, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Boston refuses to run an ad for Dignity/Boston but did not cite a reason.

As Hawaii considers the legalization of same-sex marriage, Congress approves the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, preventing federal recognition of same- sex marriage.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act is barely defeated in Congress. Dignity/Boston holds first annual variety show. 

AIDS researcher Dr. David Ho named Time's Man of the Year.


Comedian Ellen DeGeneres makes national news as she and her television character, Ellen Morgan, come out.

Dignity/Boston receives the 1997 Pride Interfaith Award.

Boston hosts the 13th Biennial Convention of Dignity/USA, "We Are Called...Prophets to the World," July 10-13, 1997.

The Archdiocese of Boston sent its clergy a letter admonishing them not to support or attend the area meetings of Corpus, an association of married priests and Dignity’s Biennial Convention.

Fashion designer Gianni Versace is murdered.

The U.S. media sensationalizes his death and his murderer, Andrew Cunanan, a gay man.

A pastoral letter by the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops encourages families to accept their gay loved ones and reaffirms the basic human rights of gay people. However, the letter continues to assert that gay people must remain celibate.

Dignity/Boston launches its website. Dignity/Boston celebrates its first 25 years with an ongoing series of listening nights, followed by a gala dinner/dance held in December.


After months of planning, a group of Dignity/Boston members meets with Cardinal Law for the first time at his private residence to discuss g/l/b/t issues with him.

The murder of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old student at the University of Wyoming, generates enormous press coverage and spontaneous demonstrations against hate crimes in dozens of cities around the country.

Dignity/Boston Executive Board establishes two new groups, the Bisexual Support group and Couples Ministry.

Tammy Baldwin, a Wisconsin state legislator, becomes the first openly lesbian candidate to win election to the House of Representatives.

Voters in Hawaii and Alaska decide by overwhelming margins to approve measures aimed at banning same-sex marriages in their states.

Dignity/Boston establishes a Baptismal Registry for the Chapter.


The Vatican permanently prohibits Sister Jeanine Gramick and Father Robert, Nugent co-founders of New Ways Ministry, from any pastoral work involving homosexuals.

Evangelist Jerry Falwell outs the Teletubby Tinky Winky as gay because he is purple and carries a purse.

Dignity/Boston's meal program, the Friday Night Supper Program, celebrates its fifteenth anniversary.

Dignity/Boston holds its first Homecoming Liturgy in celebration of 30 years of Dignity/USA.

Television commercials promoting a "cure" for homosexuality begin running on a Washington, D.C. station.

Transgender Concerns Committee is established.


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