Continuing the Conversation:
Religion and Spirituality in LGBTQA Communities

November 7 - 8, 2014

Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference

For the past six years the Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference has offered a variety of sessions designed to address issues of the LGBTQA community on college campuses. This year, the conference addressed varying issues of religion and spirituality surrounding our diverse identities with our conference theme “Continuing the Conversation: Religion and Spirituality in LQBTQA Communities.”


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2014 Keynote Presentation

Irene Monroe

Rev. Irene Monroe is  a Huffington Post blogger, a syndicated religion columnist and radio commentator. Her columns appear in 23 cities across the country and in the U.K, and Canada.  And she writes a weekly column in the Boston home LGBTQ newspaper Baywindows. 

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."

Also, Monroe does  a weekly Monday  segment called  "All Rev'd Up" on WGBH, a Boston member station of National Public Radio (NPR).

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 is a founder and now member emeritus of the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC). She is also one of the founders of Equal Partners of Faith, the Religious Coalition for the Freedom to Marry (RCFM) and Christian Lesbians Out (CLOUT). 

Monroe was chosen in October 2009 by MSNBC as "10 Black women you should know." Monroe has been profiled in O, Oprah Magazine. She was also profiled in the Gay Pride Episode of ""In the Life" TV" where the segment on her was nominated for an educational Emmy. 

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. She has received the Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching several times.  She is in the film, "For the bible Tells me so," an exploration of the intersection between religion and homosexuality in the U.S. and how the religious right has used its interpretation of the Bible to stigmatize the gay community, and her coming out story is  profiled in "CRISIS: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing up Gay in America" and in "Youth in Crisis." In 1997 Boston Magazine cited me as one of Boston's 50 Most Intriguing Women, and was profiled twice in the Boston Globe, In the Living Arts and The Spiritual Life sections for her LGBT activism.

Previous Conference Information

November 7-8, 2014 - The Seventh Annual Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference: Continuing the Conversation: Religion and Spirituality in LGBTQA Communities
November 1-2, 2013 - The Sixth Annual Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference: Unmasking Prejudice and Dispelling Myths in the LGBTQA World
November 2-3, 2012 - The Fifth Annual Mid-Atlantic LGBTA Conference: Alphabet Soup: Exploring Our Many Faces
November 3-4, 2011 - The Fourth Annual Mid-Atlantic LGBTA Conference
November 5-6, 2010 - The Third Annual Mid-Atlantic LGBTA Conference: Improving Campus Climate
October 2-4, 2009 - The Second Annual Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference on GSA Leadership: Our Lives on the ‘A’ List: Academy, Administration, and Activism
March 27-29, 2009 - The Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference on GSA Leadership

Conference Committee

Safa Saracoglu - Committee Chair
Matthew Barcus
Debra Chamberlain
Jean Downing
Asa Kelley
Karli Jayne Miller
Timothy Oleksiak
Shavonne Shorter
Anna Turnage
Craig Young

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