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 will address varying issues of religion and spirituality surrounding our diverse identities with our conference theme “Continuing the Conversation: Religion and Spirituality in LQBTQA Communities.”

Keynote Presentation

Irene Monroe

Rev. Irene Monroe lives in Cambridge and is a Huffington Post blogger and a syndicated religion columnist. A native of Brooklyn, Rev. Irene Monroe is a graduate from Wellesley College and Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University, and served as a pastor at an African-American church before coming to Harvard Divinity School for a doctorate as a Ford Fellow. As a syndicated queer religion columnist, Monroe’s columns appear in 43 cities across the country and in the U.K.

Her award-winning essay, Louis Farrakhan's Ministry of Misogyny and Homophobia, was greeted with critical acclaim. Monroe states that her columns are an interdisciplinary approach drawing on critical race theory, African American, queer and religious studies. "As a 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 its 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."

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. She has received the Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching several times while being the head teaching fellow of the Rev. Peter Gomes, the Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church at Harvard who is the author of the best seller, THE GOOD BOOK. 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” that was released in September 2008. Monroe sits on the advisory boards of several national LGBTQ organizations.

Please contact the Bloomsburg University LGBTQA Resource Center at lgbt@bloomu.edu with any questions or concerns.

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Previous Conference Information

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
John Shirley
Kelly Tenzek
Anna Turnage
Craig Young

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