Dignity Boston is a progressive and inclusive Catholic community for people of all sexual orientations, genders and gender identities, including gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex persons, our family, friends and supporters. All are welcome.
We are part of a much larger organization, DignityUSA, a national organization with chapters and members all across the country.
Currently, we worship weekly either virtually or in person. Subscribe to our email mailing list to be notified about our liturgies.
When liturgies are in person, we gather to celebrate the Eucharist and our lives as LGBTQI Catholics at St. Stephen’s Church at 419 Shawmut Avenue in Boston’s south end typically at 5 pm on a Sunday.
Formed in the first waves of the Gay Liberation movement that followed the Stonewall Riots, Dignity Boston has been providing a home for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (GLBTQI) Catholics, our friends and supporters since 1972.
Throughout its more than four decades, Dignity Boston has been a leading voice in the LGBTQI community.
Our three main ministries are:
|To the Church:
|to work for the development of its sexual theology and for the inclusion of LGBTQI persons as full and equal members of the Church.
|to work for justice and social inclusion through education and legal reform.
|To Individual GLBTQI Persons:
|to reinforce self-acceptance and a sense of dignity, and to aid everyone in becoming a more active member of the Church and society.
In addition to creating a welcoming home for LGBTQI Catholics, there are many ways we have worked to make a difference the world.
|Helped found the Names Project/New England, the regional affiliate of the AIDS quilt.
|Co-founded, with the Arlington Street Church, the Friday Night Supper Program, which feeds hundreds of people in need each week.
|Raised tens of thousands of dollars for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, research and advocacy through the Massachusetts Red Ribbon ride, Harbor to the Bay and Boston AIDS Walk.
|Helped fight for passage of the Gay and Lesbian Students’ Rights Bill to protect the rights of our youth in the public schools of Massachusetts.
|Co-Sponsored “Each of Us Beloved,” a conference put on by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Speakers Bureau of Boston regarding issues of sexuality and religion.
|Co-Sponsored Massachusetts’ Gay/Straight Youth Pride March, the first such march for the rights of GLBT youth in the USA.
|Worked for marriage equality and protections for transgender persons from a Catholic social justice perspective.