11 Apr 2013

Rev. Irene Monroe: Remembering the African American Holocaust survivors

This week, April 8- 12, marks the 27th annual observance of Holocaust Memorial Week. The week is about remembering not only the 6 million Jews murdered but also remembering the millions of allies, martyrs and victims who survived Nazi Germany’s reign of brutality. The enormity of the mass slaughtering of

14 Mar 2013

Rev. Irene Monroe: Mexico sets the tone on hate speech

Homophobic epithets are so pervasive across the globe that most heterosexual people are sadly unaware of the psychological and physical toil they have on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people. Too often and cavalierly these epithets go either unchecked or unchallenged as hate speech. Mexico, however, has stepped

07 Mar 2013

Rev. Irene Monroe: Was Marco McMillian killed in Mississippi because he was black or gay?

Marco McMillian was a trailblazer, and the pride of the Mississippi Delta. Just in his twenties Ebony magazine in 2004 hailed him as on the nation’s 30 leaders under the age of 30. And in his thirties the Mississippi Business Journal hailed him as one of the “Top 40 Leaders

14 Feb 2013

Rev. Irene Monroe: It’s time for a queer-friendly pope

Just hours after Pope Benedict XVI announced his unexpected resignation, a bolt of lightning struck St. Peter’s Basilica. Many say it’s unequivocally a sign from God. If so, I’m hoping it’s an Amen moment signaling the end of an oppressive era of LGBTQ bashing as the church now moves forward

25 Jan 2013

Rev. Irene Monroe: Obama linking Selma to Stonewall divides black community

President Barack Obama’s inaugural address was the most inclusive speech a president has ever given. It was delivered on the 27th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and the President honored King’s legacy when he eloquently spoke of how the many U.S. liberation movements, both current and historic, are

02 Jan 2013

Rev. Irene Monroe: Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

This January 1 marked the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The original purpose for the document core to President Abraham Lincoln’s presidency may have been to free slaves; or it may have been solely a strategic move to decimate the Confederate troops stronghold in the South and win the

20 Dec 2012

Rev. Irene Monroe: Young white men in crisis

The most recent massacre, the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, took the lives of 6 and 7 year-olds. It has shaken our nation to its core. The enormity of this devastation is incalculable. There are the small coffins of the victims killed during a holiday season

03 Dec 2012

Rev. Irene Monroe: The Associated Press’s Discouraging the Word “Homophobia” is Discouraging

The editors at the Associated Press Stylebook have announced that they are “discouraging” use of the word “homophobia.” The AP Stylebook is the widely used guide that media use to standardize terms and general usage. Why should the LGBTQ community be in a kerfuffle about it? Because the editors made their decision without consultation

17 Sep 2012

Rev. Irene Monroe’s perspective on movement to keep some blacks home on election day over marriage equality

I thought Rev. Monroe’s take was a good addition to the dialog on this topic. Click here for my earlier thoughts on it. –Pam African Americans have worked hard to get the vote and to get a man of African descent in the White House. In 2008 we came out

01 Aug 2012

Rev. Irene Monroe: Men can’t compete in synchronized swimming? Really?

Gender bias and homophobia are the culprit One of my favorite Olympic sports is synchronized swimming. I discovered the sport when, as a child, I stumbled upon the black and white, 1952 film Million Dollar Mermaid with Hollywood star Esther Williams. Synchronized swimming (often abbreviated to synchro) was not Williams