Rev. Irene Monroe

Rev. Irene Monroe

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Rev. Irene Monroe is a graduate from Wellesley College and Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University, and served as a pastor at an African-American church before attending Harvard Divinity School for her doctorate as Ford Fellow. As a syndicated queer religion columnist, Monroe columns appear in 43 cities across the country and in the U.K.

Monroe has been profiled in O, Oprah Magazine and the Gay Pride Episode of “‘In the Life’ TV,” where the segment on her was nominated for an educational Emmy. She has received the Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching several times while being the head teaching fellow of the Rev. Peter Gomes, the Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church at Harvard. She appeared in the film, “For the bible Tells me so,” an exploration of the intersection between religion and homosexuality in the U.S. Monroe sits on the advisory boards of several national LGBTQ organizations.

On paper, you'd think a 42-year-old Republican would be up to speed on marriage rights, and might even, given his age, be tolerant.

Gabrielle Christina Victoria "Gabby" Douglas is one of this year's Olympic darlings.

R&B and hip-hop songwriter Frank Ocean has come out. Although it will [be] hotly contested in African American circles, some say Ocean is the first major artist to come out in both industries.

African-American ministers have come out for, and against, Obama’s stance on marriage equality.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, likes to play it safe. Romney avoids controversy, by any means necessary—even if he has to lie, flip-flop for, or somersault.

This spring around the country, LGBTQ communities are celebrating Bayard Rustin's 100th birthday anniversary. But to date, he's still largely an unknown because of the heterosexism that has canonized the history of last century's black civil rights movement.

Cleo Manago is despised by some in the LGBTQ community. Descriptors like "homo demagogue," contrarian, separatist, and anti-white are just a few that can be expressed in polite company.

Seldom do I see my image anywhere, especially portrayed in non-stereotypical and non-heterosexist ways on the silver screen. As a matter of fact, if you Google "black lesbians" or "black lesbians in film" you'll get a plethora of porn sites to visit.

Today's MLK Day.

I am proud to count myself among the many people working for social justice today who stand on the shoulders of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Too many people think King's statements regarding justice are only about race and the African-American community—thus excluding the LGBTQ community.

Having voice in the Black Community is still an arduous struggle for its lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) community. As we cross over into 2012, one of our biggest accomplishments in 2011 has been the various ways in which LGBTQ of African descent have employed different public venues to be heard. These following venues will be used as instruments of change in our future struggle.

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