Rev. Irene Monroe's blogs

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Massachusetts Isn’t Mississippi But Has No Trans Accommodation Bill

Mississippi and North Carolina can now be added to the list of states codifying transgender discrimination. ...

Laughing At The Absurdities of Black Homophobia

For many LGBTQs across the nation-especially those of us of African descent-we have been breathlessly waiting for Robert O’Hara’s “BootyCandy” to come to our cities. ...

A Feminist Takeover Remembered

Most days when the weather permits my morning constitutional is a two mile walking loop around the Charles River. From my house I walk south toward Memorial Drive via Western Avenue. ...

White Nights Black Paradise, A Religious Utopia Turned Nightmare

The last time an African American lesbian was the protagonist in a novel was in Ann Allen Shockley’s 1982 “Say Jesus and Come to Me.” What shocked and awed readers about this main character is that ...

Que(e)rying Harper Lee

The literary world is not the only ones mourning the passing of the reclusive author Nelle Harper Lee on February 19 at the age of 89. So, too, are many gender nonconforming Americans. ...

Beyoncé Does Justice to New Orleans’s Rich Queer Culture

"Formation" celebrates identities that once sparked shame but now inspire pride. ...

The Love That Can Now Speak Its Name

Valentine’s Day is for lovers, including LGBTQ Americans. Until last June’s historic Supreme Court ruling — Obergefell v. ...

Why Homophobic Harlem Church Should Become LGBT Youth Shelter

Gentrification of neighborhoods always disrupts existing communities within them. ...

Pope-’splaining Catholic Church’s Homophobia

Italy is one of the major European countries that don’t recognize marriage equality for its LGBTQ denizens in spite of the fact that the majority of Italians do according to a 2014 poll. ...

Bathroom Laws Policing Our Genitals

Conservatives have always been a demographic group obsessed with policing this nation’s genitals. ...
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