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.

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.

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.

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.