Obama Forced Out on Gay Marriage

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Rev. Irene Monroe: There’s one thing that has always irked me about Obama’s evolutionary narrative on same-sex marriage—and that’s not his position on it per se so much as the insincerity of his homophobia.

How Anti-Sodomy Laws Were Sunk

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Rev. Irene Monroe: For some Americans, the photo of Lawrence and Garner wasn’t disturbing just because they were two gay men. The silent issue in the Lawrence v. Texas case was race. While race was not on trial, it was certainly the elephant in the room.

Black LGBTQs Finding Voice for the Future

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aving 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 [...]

Flying While Gay

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Rev. Irene Monroe: I like to know how many heterosexual couples have been or would be thrown off Southwest Airlines for kissing? Would it even be an issue?

Repeal of DADT for LGB’s, but not T’s

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One minute past the stroke of midnight on September 20 the long-awaited repeal of President Bill Clinton’s 1993 “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy went into effect. At precisely 12:01 a.m. EST, the popping of champagne bottles began along with cheers and tears celebrating the end of a repressive era that prohibited LGBTQ servicemembers from [...]

NPR’s Foxification of Ex-Gay Rhetoric

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Rev. Irene Monroe: My head spins at the thought of how Christian counseling services, like Dr. Marcus Bachmann’s, still get so much air time, especially, in spite of the voluminous information disputing the pseudo-science of “ex-gay” conversion therapies.

Obama, Slavery, States Rights, and Same-Sex Marriage

Mildred Loving holds a photo of her husband Richard as a young man. The Lovings were codefendants in the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned state bans on interracial marriage. The Lovings' children stand in the background:

Rev. Irene Monroe: But what does it signal to us LGBTQ citizens when the first African American president wants to employ states’ rights, which once upon a time in this country federally mandated racial segregation and sanctioned American slavery, to address the issue of same-sex marriage?