Irene Monroe: Although African American comprise of now nearly 13 percent of the U.S. population, we tragically account for approximately 44 percent of new HIV infections in 2013.
Rev. Irene Monroe: Since 1970, Native Americans have gathered at noon on Coles Hill in Plymouth to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on this U.S. holiday.
Rev. Irene Monroe: Although the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of marriage equality Republican presidential hopefuls still think marriage should be between one woman and one man.
Irene Monroe: While many LGBTQ communities of color will embraced the larger LGBTQ community’s offers to be inclusive, others feel that the white queer community, in 2015, is coming a day late and a dollar short.
Irene Monroe: We clearly see the geopolitics of a soft church bureaucrat evangelizing to today’s shrinking American Catholic Church—an institution that is less churched, less married, less white, and less conservative.
Irene Monroe: Sadly, the hurricane exposed not only race and class fault lines, but so, too, the odious fault lines of heterosexism and faith-based privilege.
Irene Monroe: I now wonder, with more of us LGBTQ revelers and onlookers with children and dogs vacationing in P’Town each summer, have we integrated or assimilated too far into mainstream society?
Irene Monroe: “The reality of unarmed African American women being beaten, profiled, sexually violated and murdered by law enforcement officials with alarming regularity is too often ignored – especially with the focus of police brutality on African African males.”
Rev. Irene Monroe: No one would imagine Lee’s second novel Go Set A Watchman would reveal the blight of racial strife in Atticus as an aging, angry bigot and separatist.
Rev. Irene Monroe: Victory comes backlash. This change in law will not come easy. A movement is already afoot with a 50-state plan to pass “Religious Freedom Restoration” acts to roll back progress.
Rev. Irene Monroe: Jenner is the most recognizable transwoman with a global platform who can give visibility and advocacy to transgender civil rights. But will it?
Rev. Irene Monroe: The Atlanta-based family-owned fast food fried chicken chain Chick-fil-A can now, with the state’s sanctioning of House Bill 1023, openly and legally discriminate in their hiring practices of Jews, divorcees or LGBTQ people based on their Southern Baptist beliefs.
Rev. Irene Monroe: Just below the Pope’s LGBTQ pastoral message, however, the damaging and homophobic ecclesiastical edicts or theological tracts hold firm. Thanks to Francis.