Irene Monroe: Long before June officially became Gay Pride Month, and October “Coming Out Month” for the LGBTQ community, Halloween was unofficially our yearly celebrated “holiday,” dating as far back at the 1970s when it was a massive annual street party in San Francisco’s Castro district.
Rev. Irene Monroe: October is Domestic Awareness Month, and within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities of color, not enough attention, education, intervention and advocacy is given to this issue.
Irene Monroe: Clinton, a former attorney, knows that many poor people spend countless years in jail for a crime they did not commit because of ineffective counseling and poor legal representation.
Irene Monroe: This election year we have a candidate who’s turned hate speech into a campaign platform. In response, I’m taking Michelle’s advice and directing it toward another first lady. They can go low, but I’m going “with her.”
Rev. Irene Monroe: This June will be the one year anniversary of “Obergefell v. Hodges,” the historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states.
Irene Monroe: While homophobia is a running thread in many BootyCandy vignettes, particularly the Black Church and black cultural brand of it, the story line makes you laugh to keep from crying in order to look at hard and unresolved issues a young gay black male coming out confronts.
Irene Monroe: Sikivu Hutchinson’s novel White NIghts, Black Paradise disturbingly shows the complexity of a repackaged and unexamined black religious idealism espoused from the mouth of a white megalomaniacal messiah alongside the harsh reality of a supposed utopia.
Rev. Irene Monroe: Using footage from the 2013 New Orleans documentary That B.E.A.T as its backdrop, “Formation” is both a personal and political statement about repression and a celebration of black life in America. New Orleans Queer Culture
Irene Monroe: History has shown us that people will fight for love’s integrity, even when it is against popular opinion, violating both state and federal laws, and possibly causing them their lives. Valentines Day
Rev. Irene Monroe: The last thing Manning would ever fathom for the church space is it becoming NYC’s largest homeless shelter and resource center for LGBTQ African American youth.
Irene Monroe: Pope Francis continues to send seismic shock waves across the globe with his liberal-leaning pronouncements, but the pontiff is a complicated, if not confusing, to the LGBTQ community.
Irene Monroe: If the state of Virginia wasn’t serious I could laugh off their Republicans lawmakers’ suggestion that “Adults must check children’s private parts before entering restroom.”
Rev. Irene Monroe: As I comb through numerous books and essays learning more about King’s philandering, sexist attitude about women at home and in the movement, and his relationship with Bayard Rustin, I, too, wonder would King today be a public advocate for LGBTQ rights.