Irene Monroe Monroe’s a religion columnist, weekly commentator on Boston Public Radio’s “All REVVED UP” and NBC Boston “The Take.”

Rev. Irene Monroe , who is an ordained minister and motivational speaker, does a weekly Monday segment, "All Revved Up!" on WGBH (89.7 FM), on Boston Public Radio and a weekly Friday television segment on NBC Boston “The Take,” covering the latest pop culture headlines. She’s a Huffington Post blogger and a syndicated religion columnist. Her columns appear in cities across the country and in the U.K, Ireland, and Canada. Also she contributes frequently to The Advocate and writes a column in the Boston home LGBTQ newspaper Baywindows and Cambridge Chronicle. In inviting Monroe to speak at The United Nations International School at the UN they wrote "Rev. Monroe, your active role in the fight against homophobia and your written activism for human rights has truly made an impact on this world, as well as your theories on religion and homosexuality in the U.S.” Monroe stated 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.” As an activist Monroe has received numerous awards: the 2015 Top 25 LGBT Power Players of New England Award by Boston Spirit Magazine and the Open Door Award for work with HIV/AIDS, Black Church and LGBTQ community; 2013 Bayard Rustin Service Award recipient, and GLAD 2012 Spirit of Justice awardee. She appears in the film For the Bible Tells Me So and was profiled in the Gay Pride episode of In the Life, an Emmy-nominated segment. She received the Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching several times while serving as head teaching fellow for the Rev. Peter Gomes. Her papers are at the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe College's research library on the history of women in America. You can find out more about Monroe at www.irenemonroe.com

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