Rev Irene Monroe

Rev Irene Monroe

At a Glance:

Rev Irene Monroe has been a Project Contributor since May 2007, has written 137 entries and currently lives in Cambridge, MA.


The Reverend Monroe is an ordained minister, religion columnist, public theologian, and motivational speaker. As an African-American feminist theologian, she speaks for a sector of society that is frequently invisible.

One of Rev. Irene Monroe's outreach ministries to the public is the several queer religion columns she writes. Monroe writes “The Religion Thang,” for In Newsweekly, the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender newspaper in the New England , “Faith Matters” for The Advocate magazine, and “Queer Take,” for The Witness, a progressive Episcopalian journal. As a nationally renown African-American lesbian activist, scholar and public theologian her writings have appeared in the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, the Bay State Banner, Cambridge Chronicle, and Metro News. Her award-winning essay, “Louis Farrakhan's Ministry of Misogyny and Homophobia”, was greeted with critical acclaim.

Monroe states that her "columns are an interdisciplinary approach drawing on critical race theory, African-American, queer and religious studies. As an religion columnist I try to inform the public of the role religion plays in discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. Because homophobia is both a hatred of the "other" and it's usually acted upon 'in the name of religion,” by reporting religion in the news I aim to highlight how religious intolerance and fundamentalism not only shatters the goal of American democracy, but also aids in perpetuating other forms of oppression such as racism, sexism, classism and anti-Semitism.”

A native of Brooklyn, NY, Monroe graduated from Wellesley College and Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University, and served as a pastor at an African-American church in New Jersey before coming to Harvard Divinity School to do her doctorate.

Rev Irene Monroe: Recently Filed

salty blue language (PostBlurb)

America Cleans Up Its Homophobic Lexicon

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | April 11, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Homophobic epithets are so pervasive across our culture that most good-hearted and well-intentioned heterosexual people are sadly unaware of the psychological and physical toll that these words have on LGBTQ people.Read More

noahs_ark.jpg (PostBlurb)

No Gay Animals on Noah's Ark

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | April 05, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

In the last scene of the Noah story a rainbow appears representing God's promise to never destroy the earth by flood. I wanted to see two queer doves flying across the rainbow representing God's promise to us, too. Read More

harlem_lenox_15may04.jpg (PostBlurb)

White Gay Men Are Not the Only Culprits

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | March 29, 2014 | 1:00 PM | comments

In the past five years, Harlem's empty lots and burned-out buildings have sprouted luxury condos, upscale restaurants, boutique shops, and improved services in an area the city had long forgotten. The resentment of this shift has targeted Harlem's LGBTQ communities. Read More

girl-scout-cookies.jpg (PostBlurb)

Religious Right Lunacy: The Girl Scout Cookie-Cott

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | March 28, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

The one place you'd hope the abortion battle would not be waged is with the Girl Scouts of the USA. Read More

katy-perry-allah.jpg (PostBlurb)

Katy Perry's Blasphemous Act of Free Speech

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | March 11, 2014 | 11:00 AM | comments

The debate between freedom of expression and religious sensibilities reminds us that we all reside in a more interconnected and pluralistic world. But are we really becoming more culturally sensitive, or merely thin-skinned?Read More