Notes on an Exhibition

On the Fourth of July weekend the homosexual organization DignityUSA was welcomed by Mayor Newsom of San Francisco to Dignity’s 19th biennial convention at the Parc55 Hotel in San Francisco. At the busiest time of the convention, 370 members attended the event. The theme of the gathering, “Together We Will Reach the Promised Land,” was echoed by one of the two keynote speakers, journalist Richard Rodriguez, who, however, had reservations about the use of the name Dignity and questioned the civil rights thrust of many homosexuals. Dignity enjoys acceptance at the San Francisco Catholic churches of Most Holy Redeemer (in the Castro district), St. Agnes (a Jesuit church in Haight-Ashbury) and St. John of God (in the Inner Sunset), although Dignity locates its services in the Seventh Avenue Presbyterian church, near St. John of God.