World AIDS Day and My Community’s Ongoing Struggle

ADIS Among Blacks

Rev. Irene Monroe: While the number of cases across the globe will continue to decline and possibly eradicate the disease as the U.N hopefully predicts, we as African Americans we’ll not protect ourselves from this epidemic as long as we continue to think of HIV/AIDS as a gay disease.

Take This All of You and Eat It

Pope Francis Gay Catholics

Patrick Henry: My hope is that there will no longer be any restrictions, regarding the reception of the Eucharist, placed upon couples, gay or straight, based upon their marital or non-marital status.

Protecting LGBT Prisoners

Protecting LGBT Prisoners

Brendan Hamme: Jails and prisons cannot justify discriminatory treatment of LGBT prisoners under the guise of keeping them “safe.”

Remembering the Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde

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Rev. Irene Monroe: “As a Black, lesbian, feminist, socialist, poet, mother of two including one boy and member of an interracial couple, I usually find myself part of some group in which the majority defines me as deviant, difficult, inferior or just plain “wrong.””

Joan Rivers: A Gay Icon Gone

Joan Rivers Gay Icon

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.

The Real Superheroes of P’Town Carnival

Provincetown Carnival

Rev. Irene Monroe: While inarguably P’Town is known as the best LGBTQ summer resort on the East Coast, and this year marked the 36th anniversary of Carnival, our presence wasn’t always as welcoming as it is today.

Is Celibacy the New Ex-Gay Ministry?

ex-gay ministry

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

Anti Gay Amendment North Carolina

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.

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