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Rev. Irene Monroe – QNotes

AIDS still thought of as a gay disease in black America

[Ed. Note — Rev. Irene Monroe provides this commentary on HIV/AIDS. It’s perfectly suited for yesterday’s commemoration of World AIDS Day and as a follow-up to our feature commentary, “‘Gay disease’ or not, HIV is our responsibility,” featured in the Nov. 27 print edition’s “Life, Positively”, sponsored by Alliance of AIDS Services-Carolina.] To date, more …

Do we still need to celebrate Black History Month?

February is Black History Month, a national annual observance since 1926, honoring and celebrating the achievements of African-Americans. This February, the International Civil Rights Center and Museum (ICRCM) opened in Greensboro, North Carolina, honoring the courageous action of four African-American students. Their actions led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which mandated desegregation of …

Would King have spoken out on LGBTQ justice?

As we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this weekend and next week we no longer have to hold King up to a God-like standard. All the hagiographies written about King immediately following his assassination in the previous century have come under scrutiny as we come to understand all of King — his greatness as …

By dissing Palin, Oprah hurts Obama

Opinion

The media is abuzz with excitement about Republican Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska. McCain’s VP pick has stirred up excitement, especially for women in the GOP. But his pick has also stirred up anxiety as well as questions for many women across party lines. And who’s best to help this nation’s women sort out their …

Can gun-toting solve gay-bashing?

Opinion

In a 5-4 decision handed down June 26, the Supreme Court ruled in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to own a gun for personal use. While the debate will continue as to whether the Second Amendment really means that Americans only have the right …

Can a Morehouse man be openly gay?

Opinion

Morehouse College in Atlanta has been noted as the bastion of black male leadership since its inception in 1867. Embodying W.E.B. Dubois’s theory of “The Talented Tenth,” that stated “exceptional black men” would be the ones to lead the race, Morehouse College has produced unquestionably a pantheon of noted black men. However, nowhere in its …

Black Pride parties to a different beat

Cultural exclusion fuels growth of the movement

What started out in 1990 in Washington, D.C., as the only Black Gay Pride event in the country has grown to more than 35 gatherings nationwide. Starting in April and going through October of each year, LGBTQ people of African descent rev up for a weekend of social and cultural events. Just last year, more …