Founded in 1972, Dignity/New York is a chapter of DignityUSA. It is an independent, self-sustaining community of LGBTQ people and their friends who are committed to expressing our sexuality in a Christian way, and to working for equality for LGBTQ people in the Catholic Church and in society.
It is incorporated as a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 corporation in the State of New York. All members of Dignity/New York annually elect a Steering Committee to conduct the business of the community in monthly meetings, guided by the chapter's by-laws. Numerous other committees, working groups, and individual volunteers also carry out the work of the chapter.
Dignity/New York serves the spiritual needs of LGBTQ persons within the framework of the Roman Catholic tradition, primarily through weekly and special-occasion liturgies or masses, and calls its members to work for justice for and acceptance of LGBTQ persons, often in partnership with similarly-focused organizations, both religious and secular.
Dignity New York encourages and supports, as its means permit, a variety of settings that can assist LGBTQ persons to grow spiritually in ways that are meaningful to them. Such settings include prayer groups, Bible study groups, days of recollection, weekend retreats, and indeed any spiritual practice or tradition that is in accord with Gospel values. As in all of its activities, Dignity counts on individual creativity, initiative, and energy to organize opportunities for fostering spiritual growth.