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 Marco McMillian Killed in Mississippi Because He Was Black or Gay?

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Rev. Irene Monroe: While thoughts of racial hatred first erupted as the probable motive for McMillian’s murder, they were quickly erased when McMillian’s assailant, Lawrence Reed, 22, an African American male was found and apprehended in McMillian’s wrecked SUV.

The Boy Scouts of America: Another Closed Door for Black GBTQ Youth

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Rev. Irene Monroe: The Black Church’s silent stance of BSA’s continued ban on gays help strengthen the church’s belief that strong black male leadership is exclusively heterosexual.

Time for a Queer-Friendly Pope

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Rev. Irene Monroe: If the Catholic Church was looking for a religious leader who embraces the world — as it is today — Pope Benedict XVI a.k.a. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was not the man.

Haiti’s LGBTQ Accepting Vodou Societies

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Rev. Irene Monroe: Haitian Vodou is an ancestral folk religion whose tenets have always been queer-friendly, accepting people of all sexual orientations and gender expressions.

By Linking Selma with Stonewall, Does Obama Divide Black Community?

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Rev. Irene Monroe: The momentum in support of same-sex marriage in the African American community is seen nowadays along generational lines. It is ironically divided between— the black civil rights era of MLK and post-black civil rights era of Obama.

Did MLK have an LGBTQ Dream, Too?

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Rev. Irene Monroe: you have to wonder whether King would support LGBTQ rights today, even if he felt he couldn’t in the 60s. You’d like to think he would given his courageous stands otherwise.

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.

Men Can’t Compete in Synchronized Swimming? Really?

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Rev. Irene Monroe: First known as “water ballet,” synchronized swimming was thought of as a delicate, feminine and frivolous sport seen primarily as part of Hollywood musicals and Las Vegas acts that no real strong men would deign to engage in.

Will “Gender Fraud” Police Plague London Olympics?

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Reve. Irene Monroe: Sports programs are a particular challenge when attempting to make schools, playgrounds, and locker rooms safe of our LGBTQ children. And as long as young women will be stigmatized as lesbian it will control women’s participation.

Dis-membering Stonewall

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Rev. Irene Monroe: The Stonewall Riot started on the backs of working class African American and Latino queers who have been bleached from its written history.

Will First Black Baptist President Push Anti-Gay Agenda?

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Rev. Irene Monroe: Rev. Fred Luter’s ascendency to the highest office of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination (and the world’s largest Baptist denomination) raises the query—is his post a symbol of honorific tokenism?

South Africa’s “Corrective Rape” of Lesbians

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According to South Africa’s rape statistics for 2011 ”it is estimated that a woman born in South Africa has a greater chance of being raped than learning how to read.”

Black Ministers Follow Obama on Same-Sex Marriage Stance

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Rev. Irene Monroe: For African-American ministers, the liability of Obama losing his 2012 re-election bid is far greater than being publicly outed for not being in lockstep with their homophobic brethren.

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