April 3, 2019 at 3:08 pm EST | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Dignity Washington’s headquarters up for sale
Dignity Washington, gay news, Washington Blade

The local LGBT Catholic organization Dignity Washington announced in its weekly church bulletin last month that it has placed its Dignity Center building on Capitol Hill on the market for sale.

Tom Bower, a member of the group’s board of directors, told the Blade the board, after consulting with the group’s membership, determined the building is larger than the space the group needs for its various social and religious services and meetings. The building at 721 8th St., S.E., across the street from the U.S. Marine Barracks, has a sale price of $2.5 million.

Bower said Dignity Washington plans to use the proceeds from the sale to buy another smaller building and to help fund various “mission directed” programs and projects.

City property records show that Dignity Washington bought the Capitol Hill building in 1998. Bower said the purchase price was $250,000. He said the group paid off a mortgage it had for the building a little over 10 years ago.

Among its main activities, Dignity Washington organizes a Catholic Mass for LGBT Catholics and their friends and families at 6 p.m. every Sunday at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 1830 Connecticut Ave., N.W.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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