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

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*+-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?

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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.

Presbyterian Church Crawling Toward Marriage Equality

Presbyterian Church Marriage Equality

*+-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.

Military Bans Nappy Hair

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*+-Rev. Irene Monroe: With African American servicewomen enlisting in the military at higher rates than their white, Asian and Latina sisters to serve and die for our country, the last thing the military should be squawking about is their hair.

Mother Teresa’s Canonization Dissed

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*+-Rev. Irene Monroe: In his effort to move the church forward, Francis has overlooked women in his calculus. And one person who was ahead of Pope John Paul II in the queue for canonization was Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

America Cleans Up Its Homophobic Lexicon

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*+-Rev. Irene Monroe: As the country becomes more accepting of the civil rights of its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Americans, it is also beginning to reexamine its language used to demeans us.