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Irene Monroe

FIRST PERSON ACCOUNT: Dis-membering the myth of the Stonewall Riots

Irene Monroe was in middle school in Brooklyn when the Stonewall Riots broke out on Christopher Street on the early morning of June 28, 1969. She became an eyewitness to history, the birth of the modern-day gay rights movement. Here is her story.

COMMENTARY: South Africa’s “corrective rape” of lesbians

Corrective rape is the South African version of “reparative therapy.” Its intended objective is to rectify the sexual orientation of women who are lesbians or perceived to be lesbians to that of heterosexual.

COMMENTARY: How is your gaydar?

Is your gaydar working? Many people, gay and straight, think so. But gaydar may be based on stereotype more than any other reason. And Irene Monroe can testify to that!

COMMENTARY: Will black ministers follow Obama on marriage equality?

Just as Obama could no longer shrewdly fence-sit on the issue while winking a stealth nod to LGBTQ voters, black ministers, who quietly professed to be an ally to the LGBTQ community, could no longer stay closeted from their congregations.

COMMENTARY: Obama forced to come out on gay marriage

The Rev. Irene Monroe writes: There’s one thing that has always irked me about Obama’s evolutionary narrative on same-sex marriage — and that’s not his position on it per se so much as the insincerity of his homophobia.

COMMENTARY: How Richard Grenell became Mitt Romney's gay fall guy

It has always been clear that Romney is neither a friend nor an ally to the LGBTQ community. But it is also evident that Romney is neither a friend nor ally to those LGBTQ Republicans who would work on his behalf to get him elected.

COMMENTARY: "The Hunger Games" and young racist fans

The film script follows the book closely and some of fans are apoplectic. The result is a tweeting tsunami of racist comments focusing on the presence of the few main black characters in the film.