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Tag Archive 'Rev. Irene Monroe'

Biblically Challenged

As one of my New Year’s resolutions, I hope to encourage more Christians to read their Bibles with a brand new set of eyes and a compassionate heart. Why? Because the Bible has played a salient role in discrimination against all people at different times in this country. Both religious intolerance and fundamentalism foster a […]

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One of my Sunday school teens, Jamal, asked me several Advent seasons ago if the church was going to hear the usual Christmas sermon about baby Jesus being born in a manger. Because if so, as he pointedly said to me, “I ain’t feeling it, Rev.” I have been bothered every Christmas by our culture’s […]

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The Christmas season is a difficult time of year for me. I am always bothered by our culture’s egregious forms of commercialism — and its either lack of or its anemic recognition of other forms for religious holidays like Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, and the celebration of the winter solstice during this season. Over the years, […]

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As I prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, I am reminded of the autumnal harvest time’s spiritual significance. As a time of connectedness, I pause to acknowledge what I have to be thankful for. But I also reflect on the holiday as a time of remembrance – historical and familial. Historically, I am reminded that for […]

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For Black Gays, Writing is Power

The goal of the event was to bring together LGBT writers, thinkers, teachers, and publishing and media professionals of African descent to discuss the position and importance of African diasporic LGBT literature. In talking with Lisa Moore, one of the conveners of the conference as well as founder and editor of RedBone Press, an LGBT […]

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We have a crisis in the African American community: an epidemic of homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth. And they need our help. And like the AIDS epidemic ravaging the African American community, my folks are not addressing this problem either. Of course, airing the problem publicly will be viewed by many […]

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Justice Begins in the Bedroom

It was great getting up on June 27, 2003, to read the headlines stating that the highest court of this land struck down the Texas law that had criminalized sexual relationships between consenting adults. The Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision was momentous — especially given the conservative composition of the court and the reactionary times in […]

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We, Too, Are Patriots

(Originally published July 2002) This month we celebrate the Fourth of July with rounds of festivities marking America’s 226 years of independence. However, this July 4th will be the first one since September 11. And scenes of hyper-patriotism are to be expected. People will be singing the “Star Spangled Banner” or reciting the Pledge of […]

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Pride and Why We March

June is Pride Month for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities across the country, and parades abound. With advances such as hate crime laws and civil unions, we have come a long way since the first Pride marches three decades ago. Also, with the AIDS epidemic no longer ravaging our community as it once […]

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Oprah is everywhere. She is omnipresent, and she’s omnipotent. Her converts would argue she is also omniscient, especially with her monthly oracle — O, The Oprah Magazine — pontificating the principles of self-help, self-love, and self-giving. Although national television has programmed her to be in our lives for just one hour a day, Monday to […]

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