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.
Rev. Irene Monroe: The precedent for same-sex marriage was set by an African American woman named Mildred Loving (1942-2008 ) who I am honoring as one of my sheroes for Black History Month.
Rev. Irene Monroe: As Americans we cannot become unconscious and numb to the use and abuse of the power and currency the “n-word” racial epithet still has in our society.
Irene Monroe: Just as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people transformed the pejorative term “queer” into a positive word of self-reference, Christians transformed the word “Christian” into one of self-reverence.
Rev. Irene Monroe: Some see the war on Christmas as an assault on Christianity. It feels to these Christian holiday revelers that the country, in its effort to be politically correct, is moving toward religious intolerance.
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.
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.””