Rev Irene Monroe

Rev Irene Monroe

At a Glance:

Rev Irene Monroe has been a Project Contributor since May 2007, has written 160 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

'Happy Holidays' - What's In a Greeting?

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | December 17, 2014 | 1:30 PM | comments

The intolerance of holiday multiculturalism has little to do with a heightened interest in the birth of Christ. It's a backlash toward a country growing more religiously pluralistic. Read More

World AIDS Day and My Community's Ongoing Struggle

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | December 05, 2014 | 10:00 AM | comments

African Americans will not be able to protect ourselves from the HIV/AIDS epidemic as long as we continue to think of it as a "gay disease."Read More

Turkey Flip-Flops on LGBTQ Rights

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | November 13, 2014 | 4:30 PM | comments

Turkey is the go-to country for LGBTQI Muslims fleeing for their safety. But there are still many problems for our community there.Read More

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RIP Tom Menino, Ally to Black LGBTQ Communities

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | November 07, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

All LGBTQ Americans should be represented by elected officials like Thomas Menino, the now-deceased former mayor of Boston.Read More


As We Battle Ebola, Confronting the Echoes of AIDS

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | October 26, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

The hysteria and paranoia associated with Ebola is eerily reminiscent of when the country was in its AIDS crisis.Read More