Dignity/Seattle records, 1974-2006  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Dignity/Seattle records
1974-2006 (inclusive)
0.36 cubic feet (1 box)
Collection Number
6093 (Accession No. 6093-001)
Organizational histories, correspondence, newsclippings, and ephemera of Dignity/Seattle, a faith community of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Catholics
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Dignity/Seattle, a branch of the Dignity/USA faith community of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Catholics, was founded in 1973 by six members, including chapter founder Donal "Dan" Harrington. After initially meeting in members' homes and at the Seattle Gay Center, Dignity/Seattle began to hold its monthly meetings and Masses at Sacred Heart Church in Queen Anne in 1976. In 1980, meetings moved to St. Joseph Church on Capitol Hill. Dignity/Seattle voted to leave St. Joseph Church in 2001 in light of the Seattle Archdiocese's opposition to the group's gender-inclusive and same-sex relationship-affirming ministry and other LGBTQ issues. Dignity/Seattle then moved its meetings to the Ravenna United Methodist Church, where the group continues its commitment to spiritual development, education, social justice, equality, social events, and other causes of interest to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Catholics.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Organizational histories of Dignity/Seattle and Dignity/USA written by Pat Roche, programs of the Dignity Sixth Biennial International Convention, correspondence, news clippings, and ephemera of Dignity/Seattle.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Container(s) Description Dates
1/1 Dignity/Seattle and Dignity/USA histories 1975-2003
1/2 Correspondence 1974-1983
1/3 Correspondence 1984-2006
1/4 News Clippings 1973-1985
1/5 News Clippings 1986-1987
1/6 News Clippings 1988
1/7 News Clippings 1989-1991
1/8 News Clippings 1992-2006
1/9 Brochures circa 1970s-2003

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Bisexuals--Washington (State)--Seattle--Religion
  • Catholic gays--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Church work with gays--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Homosexuality--Washington (State)--Seattle--Religion
  • Social justice--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Transgender people--Washington (State)--Seattle--Religion
  • Corporate Names :
  • Dignity/Seattle--Archives
  • Dignity/USA
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Business correspondence
  • Records (Documents)

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  • Subject Terms :
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)