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Latest Entries in “Dignity”

May 17, 2013

Celebrating International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

Dignity Society

It was Archbishop Desmond Tutu who first coined the term “rainbow nation” to describe a country that draws strength, not suspicion, from the differences among its people; pride, not fear, from its diversity.   And perhaps that, writ large, is as fair a summary as any of the cause that has brought us here tonight. The world we want really is rainbow coloured.   It is a world of brilliant diversity, where each one of us is free and equal, and where everyone is treated with the same measure of respect and dignity.

Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia

February 11, 2013

Shining a Light on Human Trafficking

Community Dignity

I want to use my personal experience to alert others and to help them avoid the same hole I fell into. I used to blame myself for what happened to me, but now I advocate for prevention and encourage others to talk and look for help.

Maria Suarez
Survivor of the first documented case of human trafficking in the United States

February 01, 2013

Tackling Homophobia at the Superbowl

Dignity Society

"I don’t think I’ll see it during my career," said the 36-year-old Pro Bowler, who, by the way, is straight. "But I think it would be great. Their message would be so positive, so profound. I think it would be such a larger story, call it our Jackie Robinson story. He’s out there. We’re just waiting for him to arrive."

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo on the positive social impact of an active openly gay professional athlete

December 13, 2012

How To Support LGBT Students in Rural America

Dignity Relationship

How are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students living in rural areas coping with passive violence in schools? According to a recent report by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), "Strengths and Silences: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Students in Rural and Small Town Schools,” LGBT students are considerably more likely to feel unsafe in their respective academic environments than their urban counterparts.