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A Place at the Table

Irene Monroe

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  New England Channel NEWS (NECN’) “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, and Canada. Also she writes a  column in the Boston home LGBTQ newspaper Baywindows and Cambridge Chronicle. 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.”

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SpeakOUT Boston is a community of speakers working to create a world free of homo-bi-trans-phobia and other forms of prejudice by telling the truths of our lives. They do this through

  • conducting educational programs about LGBTQIA* lives and issues;
  • training individuals and organizations to use public speaking as a means of creating positive cultural change;
  • sharing lives and experiences publicly in order to support those struggling with sexuality and gender identity; and
  • educating within the communities represented about issues that divide us.

SpeakOUT engage audiences in honest dialogue, and in keeping with their motto "Ask Us Anything," invite any questions that may challenge harmful stereotypes and misconceptions.