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Rev. Irene Monroe

The new Jim Crow targets LGBTQ Americans, too

Since Trump has taken office there has been an erosion of LGBTQ civil rights under the guise of religious liberty. 

Last week the U. S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments for the case “Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.”  

My black lesbian body is a target for police brutality

Every day when my spouse and I leave home I pray we return to each other.

The reality of unarmed African American women- LBTQ, gender nonconforming and straight-  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 our males.

John Kelly needs a queer history lesson on the Civil War

 White House chief of staff John Kelly.

Boston-born White House chief of staff John Kelly’s recent remark on Laura Ingraham’s new Fox News show reopened a divide so deep in this country about slavery that I am reminded of American novelist William Faulkner’s quote “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

The Matthew Shepard murder revisited

New book about Matthew Shepard has a controversial view.

With October being LGBTQ History Month it allows the LGBTQ community to look back at historical events.  And Matthew Shepard’s murder is one of them. 

This October marks nineteen years since the death of Matthew Shepard. In October 1998, Shepard, then 21, was a first-year college student at University of Wyoming.

Whitney Houston comes out posthumously

But it was her ex-spouse, Brown, who over time came to believe Whitney married him with an ulterior motive. 

2017 is a year of open but not new revelations about Whitney Houston.

Five years ago, on Feb. 11, 2012, Houston was found dead in the bathtub of her Beverly Hilton Hotel room on the eve of the Grammy Awards.  

Allegations at the time surfaced that pop superstar Whitney Houston was murdered.

LGBTQ History Month’s emerging canon

The invisibility of LGBTQ and women of color is not because there is a paucity of us that exist or made history.

Winston Churchill once said that “History is written by the winners.” When the Stonewall Riots occurred in 1969 the history of more than a century-long oppressed people finally got national attention.

And, since that historical moment, the suppressed and closeted oral histories of our fierce and courageous LGBTQ  brothers and sisters began to be documented - openly and uncensored. 

Hurricane Harvey’s Homosexual problem? 

Many conservatives blamed Hurricane Katrina on LGBTQs.

Since the intentional misreading of the Sodom and Gomorrah story in Genesis 19 in the Bible where the twin cities were supposedly destroyed because of homosexual depravity, the causes of natural disasters always find ways to be placed on the backs of LGBTQ Americans.

Who was 'Detroit’s' intended movie audience?

It’s too simplistic to say that stories of people of color should only be the province of people of color.

Fifty years ago, this summer an urban rebellion took place. One hundred and fifty-nine riots erupted in African American cities across the country. The civil unrest took place in cities like New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Birmingham, and Boston, to name a few.  The worst riots that summer were in Newark, New Jersey and Detroit, Michigan.  

Trump’s war on transgender service members

"Today, it is surprising to me that amid several wars that need every able person who wants to serve our transgender patriots would be excluded. "

The first punch was President Trump’s ban against transgender service members. In his inimitable style of communicating to the American public the order came in the form of a tweet:

DignityUSA is moving toward radical inclusion

Racism is always an issue predominately white LGBTQI organizations must grapple with.

With the Catholic Church being the largest Christian denomination in the world the fight for the dignity and inclusion of its LGBTQI parishioners is a fight for the church’s soul and moral integrity. 

DignityUSA since its inception has asserted that God loves the LGBTQI community equally.