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Rev. Irene Monroe

The bleaching of Stonewall

"On the first night of Stonewall, many of us who went to the Village did so to retrieve our loved ones and leave."

The theme this Pride month is “Looking back, Loving forward. This week leads up to the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots that took place from June 27 to 29, 1969, in the Greenwich Village section of NYC.

The event is well-known because it galvanized LGBTQ+ activist organizations and movements here and abroad.

The anniversaries of May 17 are bittersweet

The anniversaries of May 17 are bittersweet.

When you reside at the intersections of multiple identities, anniversaries of your civil rights struggles can be both bitter and sweet. And, May 17th was a reminder.

Could Smollett’s hate crime affect public perception of hate crimes?

In real life, Smollett is an African American gay male. Smollett has been charged with concocting an elaborate racist and homophobic assault against him. Smollett’s fan base, needless to say, is flummoxed. So, too, are many Americans trying to push through this deeply polarized moment.

We can stop the GOP’s disenfranchisement of black, trans voters

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has voiced opposition to making Election Day a federal holiday. However, allowing American voters a more accessible and a stress-free trip to their voting precincts should be a no-brainer. And, H.R.1 — For the People Act of 2019 would do just that.

SCOTUS upholds transgender military ban with a no “blanket ban”

Tuesday, Trump’s Supreme Court delivered his wish in supporting the exclusion of transgender men and women.

With a conservative Supreme Court-  Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr., Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh - it  comes as no surprise that a 5-4 vote has revived Trump’s discriminatory policy on transgender service members, while the merits of the cases will continue to be challenged in lower courts.

Hart’s heartless apology

It’s not easy for any person of African descent to be LGBTQ in our black communities...

While I will continue to argue that the African American community doesn’t have a patent on homophobia, it does, however, have a problem with it. 

And comedian Kevin Hart is another glaring example of the malady.

An evening with Michelle

First Lady Michelle Obama swept into Beantown Saturday as part of the national book tour promoting her memoir “Becoming” that was held at the TD Garden. The evening before the event, my spouse and I were gifted front row seats. 

OMG! the event was simply magical. And, the audience was wildly excited. 

A queer look at Jonestown at 40

Oddly, Jones’s and Harvey Milk’s death were nine days apart in November 1978.

This November 18th marks the 40th anniversary of the Jonestown massacre.  The mass murder-suicide was the largest casualty of American citizens before 9/11.

With forty years since the Jonestown massacre, a more disturbing image of the Revered Jim Jones’s treatment toward his LGBTQ parishioners emerges.

Halloween: Our American LGBTQ holiday

As Halloween flourishes as a gay cultural phenomenon, so too flourished a backlash by the fundamentalist Christians with their "Hell Houses."

In the words of the lesbian poet and scholar Judy Grahn, Halloween is "the great gay holiday."

And this weekend of lavish costumed theatricality will attract everyone, but especially lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) revelers.

The Matthew Shepard murder revisited

The anointing of Matthew Shepard as an iconic image for LGBTQ rights not only concealed from the American public the real person but also it hid the other varied faces of hate crimes in 1998. 

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.