LGBTQ+ Groups: Social Life
While Dignity, MCC, and other groups were religiously affiliated, they were also important social spaces. They hosted events such as potlucks, discussions, summer picnics at Pine Grove Furnace, and other events throughout the year. Dignity had a volleyball team for many years. Both groups organized bus trips to Gay Pride parades in nearby cities such as New York, Philadelphia, and DC. Both published monthly newsletters informing members of events and masses. Jerry Brennan would write something for every issue of the Keystone, Dignity’s newsletter. Arthur Runyan did the same for Freedom, the combined newsletter of MCC Lancaster and Harrisburg, until he died of AIDS in 1984. Father Sawdy often contributed a “Reflections” column to Dignity’s Keystone. These newsletters also included articles, poems, and stories from members of both local and national chapters of Dignity and MCC. Dignity also published seasonal calendars of events, like the Springtime with Dignity issue to the right.