Joan Rivers: A Gay Icon Gone

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Rev. Irene Monroe: River’s time, energy, contribution, action and love for the LGBTQ community made her a hero. The self-proclaimed “Queen of the Gays” thanked us every chance she got.

Is Celibacy the New Ex-Gay Ministry?

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Rev. Irene Monroe: There are, however, still groups, usually motivated by religion-based homophobic therapies and ministries, who are hell-bent on the idea that LGBTQ Americans can and should be made straight.

Like Oil & Water: Civil Rights and Majority Rule

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Sheria Reed: The people voted to amend our North Carolina state constitution in an effort to legalize discrimination against people who are not heterosexual. That’s a violation of the U.S. Constitution and our state constitution.

Presbyterian Church Crawling Toward Marriage Equality

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Rev. Irene Monroe: While homophobia is nothing new in the hallowed halls of most churches, the Presbyterian Church—born out of a liberal Protestant Christian tradition, descending from the branch of the Protestant Reformation begun by John Calvin—in many ways is an embarrassment to itself.

Transgender Equality: Get Used to It

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Rosemary Jenkins: I always love it when people quote the Bible to me about how sinful such behavior is. It is obvious to me that such people have probably never read the Holy Scriptures nor understood them if they did.

Monogamous: To Be or Not to Be?

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Rev. Irene Monroe: While many religious conservatives might argue that the legalization of same-gender marriage and shows like HBO’s “Big Love,” we have to ask ourselves is monogamy a natural instinct in us or is it a social construct which was obviously devised to protect and to regulate the institution of heterosexual marriage?

A Wedding Is Not Always Just a Wedding

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Rosemary Jenkins: I remember during my early days of teaching when gay teachers had to hide who they really were (and this was right after it was legally possible for my husband and me to marry—only since 1967). Black and white, gay and straight, Jew and gentile.

What Pope Francis Has Known about Gay Priests

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Rev. Irene Monroe: As quietly as the Church has tried to keep it, the Catholic Church is a gay institution. And that is not a bad thing!

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