Special Events


40th Anniversary Dignity/Honolulu

Join Dignity/Honolulu for this Special Dinner at 6:00PM on Saturday, 14 May 2016.  Dignity/Honolulu will be in Anuenue Room 1 at The Willows Restaurant.  Call 808-352-7558 to make your reservations for this Annual Celebration & Recognition Dinner Program. Ticket prices range from $55 - $65. Reminder: Please make your reservations early for Discounted Tickets by Friday, 15 April 2016.

See Newspaper Article - /sites/honolulu.dignityusa.org/files/160514%20CATHOLIC%20GROUP%20FOR%20GAYS%20MARKS%2040%20YEARS.pdf

Dignity Honolulu 40th Anniversary T-Shirt is now available for purchase @ $25.00 each + Shipping. Please call at 808-352-7758, email at honolulu@dignityusa.org, or click below to place your order./sites/honolulu.dignityusa.org/files/Dignity%20T-Shirt%20Order%20Form.pdf

Marriage Equality Achieved in Hawaii 12/2/13, Wedding Officiants Available

Dignity Honolulu has officiants available for your same-sex wedding. Please contact the Dignity Honolulu phone number: 808-352-7558 or email your request at honolulu@dignityusa.org 


Dignity Honolulu Commemorates Solidarity Sunday, October 4, 2015

Dignity's parish visitation at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace was covered by KITV 4 News.

Newslink to broadcast: http://www.kitv.com/news/Solidarity-sunday/36553990

Also listed on dignityusa.com home page.  List of comments:

What a great witness. Good Job Dignity/Honolulu. --Peggy Burns Dignity USA Operations Manager

Wonderful piece and powerful witness, Dignity/Honolulu!  We are proud to spread the word on this. --Marianne Duddy-Burke, Dignity USA, Executive Director

Nice going Honolulu!  Your public witness is such a model inspiration for all chapters and members of Dignity USA. --Jim Smith, Dignity USA, Associate Director

Twitter comments on dignityusa.com

Kudos to Dignity Honolulu on their Cathedral witness!

Dignity Honolulu give public witness to LGBT dignity /Solidarity Sunday.


 Dignity Monthly Movie Night, Feature Film: Chely Wright: Wish Me Away, Friday, June 17

Join Dignity on Friday, June 17, at 7:00 pm for our monthly movie night.  Location:  Harris United Methodist Church, 20 S. Vineyard Blvd (Corner of Vineyard & Nuuanu)., Hon 96813. Refreshments are provided.  FREE to the community. Donations accepted. For information call 808-352-7558 or Tim's phone# 808-225-0075.

CHELY WRIGHT: Wish Me Away(2011, 1 hr. 36 min)

Chely Wright: Wish Me Awayis the story of Chely Wright, the first country music star to come out at gay. Over three years, the filmmakers were given extraordinary access to Chely's struggle and her unfolding plan to come out publicly. Using interviews with Chely, her family, her pastor, and key players in Nashville interwoven with Chely's intimate private video diaries, the film goes deep into her back story as an established music star and then forward as she steps into the national spotlight to reveal her secret. Chronicling the aftermath in her hometown of Nashville and within the larger LGBT community, Wish Me Away reveals both the devastation of her own internalized homophobia and the transformational power of living an authentic life..


Dignity Honolulu -  Dine With Dignity, July 24, 2016 , 7:15 p.m., Spaghetti Factory, Ward Warehouse

Dignity/Honolulu marks its annual Solidarity Sunday

Originally published in Honolulu Star Advertiser, October 11, 2014

Five members of Dignity/Honolulu, a group of approximately 20 LGBT Catholics, attended Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace Catholic downtown as part of the group's annual Solidarity Sunday observance. Their intent was to send the message "We're part of the Church" in spite of Catholic doctrine that opposes homosexual acts and same-sex marriage,” said Dignity/Honolulu President Gene Corpuz.

The purpose of Solidarity Sunday, a campaign started by the national DignityUSA in 1995, focuses on ending the violence,— including physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual, committed against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals. It is always held the week before National Coming Out Day, designated as Oct. 11.

"We believe God loves all people and we shouldn't be kicked out because of who we are. The Church has become too rules-regulated, rather than spiritual," Corpuz said, noting that the Dignity/Honolulu members at Mass in the Honolulu diocese's "Mother Church" wore rainbow-colored ribbons, and sat in the front row.

Citing John 13:35, Corpuz continued, "We believe Jesus was inclusive and the basis of our faith is not rules; it's how we love one another." The biblical passage says people will know Christ's disciples because of "how we love one another; it's not because we are heterosexual. It's the way you live your life in the presence of the spirit of God," he said. Corpuz said, "It's a no-brainer" for most of the younger generation that homosexuals should have equality. Dignity/Honolulu is hoping the Church's hierarchy eventually "comes around" to a more progressive view, but until then "we're not ejecting ourselves from the church."

(The Catholic Church allows homosexuals full participation, except in the priesthood, provided they are celibate.)

After Communion was offered, the Rev. John W. Berger, rector of Our Lady of Peace, thanked the Dignity/Honolulu members for attending, Corpuz said.

A liturgy was also held at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 2062 S. King St.  Carolyn Golojuch, former president of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) in Hawaii, delivered the homily.

National Coming Out Day is held on the anniversary of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights held in 1987. Dignity/Honolulu usually marks the day by operating a booth at the LGBT Student Services community resource fair at the University of Hawaii's Manoa Campus. The fair was held Friday.

Dignity Honolulu's group holds weekly services at St. Mary's Episcopal church in Moiliili.


Dignity Honolulu's Response to Pope's Remarks Regarding LGBT in Honolulu Star Advetiser- August 3, 2013

Pope's remarks please LGBT group

By Pat Gee

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 03, 2013 (Honolulu Star Advertiser)

Gene Corpuz, a spokesman for Dignity Honolulu (LGBT Catholics), added his group's voice to other national gay rights organizations in praising Pope Francis for his remarks about homosexuals early this week.

The new pope's most oft-quoted remark during an impromptu news conference was, "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?"

News analysts say Francis' comments during the plane ride back to Rome on Monday from World Youth Day in Brazil were remarkably candid and a departure from the Vatican's usually scripted answers.

Corpuz, a longtime local Dignity board member, said in an interview, "It was completely encouraging," especially when contrasted with harsh condemnations of homosexuality by his predecessor Pope Benedict until he retired earlier this year. Dignity Honolulu offers the only weekly liturgy at St. Mark's Episcopal Church geared toward gay Catholics in the state, he said.

"It's nice to hear someone else say that gay people — and he's the first pope ever to use the word ‘gay' — are people of faith and good will. We were pleased with the tone. … He didn't change any policies, but we hope it changes the tone of cardinals and bishops underneath" as well as their "rhetoric supporting discriminatory laws," said Corpuz, who sat on the national board of DignityUSA from 2007 to 2011.

An official statement praising the pontiff was released Monday by gay rights advocates DignityUSA, Fortunate Families, New Ways Ministry and Call to Action, which read in part:

"The pope has rejected the harsh language of his predecessor, Benedict XVI, for a compassionate approach and a pastoral tone. Lesbians and gays are no longer a ‘threat to civilization,' rather they are people of faith and good will.

"Catholic leaders who continue to belittle gays and lesbians can no longer claim that their inflammatory remarks represent the sentiments of the pope. Bishops who oppose the expansion of basic civil rights — such as an end to discrimination in the work place — can no longer claim that the pope approves of their discriminatory agenda."

Corpuz said with a chuckle, "He even acknowledged that there are gay priests (and) that there have always been gay priests. At least someone is close to reality."

But he added that gay rights groups are still disappointed Francis doesn't support equality for women in terms of allowing them to be ordained as priests.

Francis' emphasis on compassion for the poor and marginalized elements of society will hopefully translate into more people including homosexuals among the marginalized who need to be accepted, he said.

"At least the current pope is moving things along, saying that gay and lesbian people are people. To be told you're ‘objectively disordered,' that you're a threat to civilization, is dehumanizing," he said.

Previous news stories have quoted Benedict as saying same-gender marriage would undermine "the future of humanity itself" during a New Year's address in January. The official Catholic catechism states that homosexuality is "intrinsically" or "objectively disordered."


Pope's remarks please LGBT group

http://www.staradvertiser.com/featurespremium/20130803__Popes_remarks_please_LGBT_group.html?id=218209242&c=nAmong his comments Monday about gays, Pope Francis said he wouldn’t judge priests for their sexual orientation. A local gay rights organization said his remarks were "completely encouraging."





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