Rev. Irene Monroe: It is in the spirit of our connected struggles against discrimination that we can all stand on a solid rock that rests on a multicultural foundation for a true and honest Thanksgiving.
Rev. Irene Monroe: As mayor to “all the people” of Boston—African American LGBTQ communities felt heard, respected and represented during his administration.
Irene Monroe: Hysteria coupled with homophobia reared their ugly heads and targeted gay men across the country. Now, perhaps because we are decades removed, we can recognize this as an act of intolerance and inhospitality toward the ill.
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.””
Rev. Irene Monroe: As ABC correctly brings more diversity to its viewership, it must not do so at the expense of others. The race card should not trump LGBTQ tolerance.
Rev. Irene Monroe: Having enslaved parents beat their own children was a prophylactic method to protect children from hasher beatings they would otherwise get from white slavers.
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.
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.
Irene Monroe: The leading causes of suicide in African diasporic communities are not only the cultural stigma about mental illness, but also the barriers to mental health treatment.
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.
Rev. Irene Monroe: African American women’s struggle with HIV—from the black community’s stigmatization to the dominant culture’s condemnation of them—has both unduly burdened their daily lives and compromised their quality of care.
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.
Irene Monroe: “Unfortunately, race and gender identity continues to be one of the fault lines in many of our Pride festivals across the country.”