Who Can Trust an Ex-Gay Apology?

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Rev. Irene Monroe: With more and more ex-gay ministries not only losing potential clients and political leverage, but also losing monies reparative therapies generate, there is a gradually shift from “curing” one’s LGBTQ sexual orientation to abstinence from it.

Black Pride: Distinct and Emblematic

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Irene Monroe: Mainstream Prides have themes focused on marriage equality for the larger community where Prides organized by and for LGBTQ people of African descent have focused not only on HIV/AIDS but also unemployment, housing, gang violence, and LGBTQ youth homelessness.

Remembering Sakia Gunn: Keeping News Coverage on the Down Low

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Rev. Irene Monroe: Not enough is ever accurately reported about hate crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people of color, and how issues of race, gender identity, and sexual orientation trigger the type of violence against them. Nor are the reasons for the silence around such violence often explored.

When Homophobia Trumps Misogyny

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Irene Monroe: Joyner points to the ongoing struggle in the African American community with its unresolved homophobia and misogyny that falls on the backs of its women and LGBTQ population, pitting one disenfranchised group against another.

What Niall Ferguson’s Attack on John Maynard Keynes Has Wrought

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Irene Monroe: While Ferguson’s gay-bashing of Keynesian economics was to discredit Keynes and his entire body of work, it has rather done the reverse, bringing renewed international attention to a renown economist and to another one of our LGBTQ unsung forebearers.

Jason Collins: The Great Black Hope

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Rev. Irene Monroe: In a sports world that has become overwhelming shaped by African American male players and masculinity, Collins coming out celebration has everything to do with timing, gender, race and many more straight brothers embracing their gay brethren.

Will Boston Marathon Bombing Ignite Islamophobia?

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Rev. Irene Monroe: Immediately following the Boston bombing, several “Muslim-looking” suspects were apprehended to the chagrin of law enforcement that later released them and offered an apology. Not much has changed since September 11, 2001.

Another Tackle in the World of Homophobic Sports

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Rev. Irene Monroe: With news of LGBT equality in the news daily, one may wonder why this is news at all. But it is. The world of sports is quickly becoming the last closet, where gays and lesbians hide their sexual orientation. In a homophobic testosterone-driven sport like American football, Harris concealment is understandable.

Mexico Sets the Tone on Hate Speech

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Rev. Irene Monroe: Activists have for decades argued the relationship between hate speech and violence. Cleaning up language is just one more needed act furthering LGBTQ justice. And Mexico is leading the way.

Was There a Political Correct Way for Tarantino to Portray Black Slavery?

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Irene Monroe: While some will contest that Tarantino is being well…Tarantino, and he means no disrespect, others argue that his privilege as a well-respected moneymaking white heterosexual male filmmaker gives him carte blanche to recklessly express his creative juices even if it reinscribes stereotypes that many feel Django does.

Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

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Rev. Irene Monroe: My ancestors were happy about the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, but they also were prescient about our continued long and arduous journey toward freedom, which is why they passed on to us their talking-book and it’s still talking for us today.

Young White Men in Crisis

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Rev. Irene Monroe: If the men were males of color, poor white males or Muslims these recurring mass shootings would be stereotypically explained as inherent to their make-up, affirming and fueling continued fear of them.

Associated Press’ Discouraging “Homophobia” Is Discouraging

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Rev. Irene Monroe: To suggest the press eliminate the word can not only diminish the scope of people understanding homophobia’s wide range, but it can also diminish our scope of LGBTQ activists in our continued efforts to effect change.

Malawi’s LGBTQ’s Short-Lived Freedom

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Rev. Irene Monroe: Malawi’s anti-gay laws are some of the world’s toughest edicts criminalizing homosexuality so, understandably, the moratorium sent shock waves throughout the country and around the world.

Big Wins on Marriage Equality

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Irene Monroe: Americans’ acceptance of marriage equality showed its approval, of all places, at the ballot box. Both Maryland and Maine are the first states in which voters decided to legalize same-sex marriage.

GLAD’s Diversity Work

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Rev. Irene Monroe: Viewed by some as a lily-white organization, many people of color felt that GLAD replicated much of the same race and class divisions present in our federal judicial system.

Latino Activists Join Marriage Activists: Will It Work?

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Rev. Irene Monroe: The alliance, albeit not an uncontentious union, will allow proponents for in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants and/or same-sex marriage to pull support from each other’s base at the ballot box.

A Month to Begin Anti-Bullying

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Rev. Irene Monroe: October is National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month. With one incident of bullying every seven minutes, sadly, bullying is the most frequent form of violence school-aged children encounter.

Ballplayer Yunel Escobar Shocked “Fag” Is a Slur

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Rev. Irene Monroe: Hyper-masculinity in professional male sports cultures not only exploits women, but also unabashedly denigrate and go after lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people.

Nothing New in GOP’s Anti-Woman, Anti-Gay Platform

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Rev. Irene Monroe: the GOP is also signaling that it neither wants nor cares about the safety and full rights and protections of its citizens—especially their female, LGBTQ Republicans and Republican families.

Paul Ryan, Out of Step with His Generation

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Rev. Irene Monroe: Both Obama and Biden have now come out in support of marriage equality; in the last presidential election it would have been political suicide to support it. This November, it may be a risk not to.

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