Dignity Young Adults


The Dignity Young Adult Caucus (DYAC) is a progressive community of young adult LGBTQIA+ Catholics and their friends. The DYAC was formed as the official young adult group of DignityUSA. We believe that as LGBTQIA+ Catholics our diverse lives and relationships should be celebrated and affirmed with dignity in our Church and Society. The purpose of the Dignity Young Adult Caucus (DYAC) is to create a faith community to nurture and celebrate the LGBTQIA+ lives of our peers, helping guide each other on our spiritual journeys.

Our community is:

  • proud to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and more!

  • proud of our Catholic heritage and spirituality

  • from ages 18 to 39

  • comprised of members across the United States

  • meeting monthly on zoom for discussions, game nights and community

  • hanging out on the DYAC discord

Monthly Meetings

Please join us at our monthly meetings on the last Tuesday of every month at 8:30 pm EST / 7:30 pm CST / 6:30 pm MST / 5:30 pm PST via Zoom. We have game nights, discussions, reflections but most importantly a chance to enjoy the company of our LGBTQIA+ siblings in faith.

Join Us!


We are a caucus within DignityUSA, the largest & oldest organization of LGBTQIA+ Catholics. In accordance with www.dignityusa.org/purpose, we believe that:

  • “LGBTQIA+ Catholics in our diversity are members of Christ’s mystical body, numbered among the People of God. It is our right, our privilege, and our duty to live the sacramental life of the Church, so we become more powerful instruments of God’s love working among all people“

  • “LGBTQIA+ persons can express our sexuality physically, in a unitive manner that is loving, life-giving, life-affirming, and consonant with Christ’s teaching”.


Madeline Marlett (she/her)
I found DignityUSA in September of 2020, and joined the DYAC group in April of 2021. Dignity has become a large part of my life as I am active with the Dignity Women’s Caucus, the Dignity Boston Chapter and DYAC. I was born and raised Catholic and very happy to have found a Catholic faith community that finally feels like home.
Moved by the continued love and support I have received since finding Dignity, my foremost goal is to reach others so they can experience the same trans-formative love I have. I hope to organize college out-reach efforts so that our LGBTQ siblings know there is a community of faith for them. I see DYAC as the next generation of activists to push our society and religious institutions to greater acceptance and affirming celebration.Don’t be a stranger, feel free to reach out and lets work together to make the DYAC community something really special.

Sam Barnes (she/her or they/them)
I found DignityUSA and joined the Dignity Young Adult Caucus (DYAC) group in 2022. I recently traveled to the Catholic Church's World Youth Day in Portugal as part of a DignityUSA delegation. Our aim was to promote queer inclusivity and acceptance within the church at an international level.
I continue to volunteer with Dignity to foster community between folks with shared queer and religious experiences. I look to DYAC to provide a platform for young adults working to promote positive, LGBTQIA+ friendly change within religious spaces.DYAC is open to folks at any point in their queer and/or religious journeys. Please feel free to reach out if you're looking to get connected.