Rev Irene Monroe

Rev Irene Monroe

At a Glance:

Rev Irene Monroe has been a Project Contributor since May 2007, has written 144 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

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It's Not 'Independence Day' for Women

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | July 03, 2014 | 3:00 PM | comments

As the "rockets red glare and bombs burst in air" this July Fourth, American women still do not have the right to decide what to do with their bodies - a core American value inextricably linked to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.Read More

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Presbyterian Church Crawling Toward Marriage Equality

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | June 27, 2014 | 2:00 PM | comments

As a church that proudly touts itself as "reformed and always reforming," let's hope the Holy Spirit shows up again to help it along.Read More

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Boston's LGBTQ People of Color Take Pride in Health

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | June 22, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

LGBTQ people of color are reaching out to their brothers and sisters in creative and unconventional ways to raise awareness of good health practices and stop the spread of HIV/AIDS.Read More

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Dykes March to a Different Beat

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | June 17, 2014 | 12:30 PM | comments

People-of-color pride festivals and dyke marches have moved on from gay pride festivals, highlighting and celebrating their unique expressions of pride as well as our continued common struggle for equality.Read More

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Desecrating Maya Angelou's Funeral

Filed by Rev Irene Monroe | June 05, 2014 | 12:00 PM | comments

Before many of us could fully grasp the sad news of Maya Angelou's passing, Westboro Baptist was front and center before the press announcing their intent to picket her funeral.Read More