Rashawn & Beyond: Anti-Violence News for Queer People of Color

The Rashawn Brazell Memorial Fund aims to establish a sustainable tribute to Rashawn that promotes critical thought about the impact of violence and intolerance, particularly upon queer communities of African descent.

Through this blog, we provide action alerts, event postings and breaking news as a means of informing these communities in ways that enable them to combat racism and homophobia.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Rev. Irene Monroe & Bishop Harry Jackson Debate Marriage Equality


Video has surfaced of a very spirited debate between Rev. Irene Monroe and Bishop Harry Jackson shot prior to the National Equality March on Washington.

Rev. Monroe is Coordinator of the African American Roundtable of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry at the Pacific School of Religion and a frequent contributor to Pam's House Blend. She is also a lesbian.

Bishop Jackson needs no introduction as his anti-gay record has been covered extensively on loldarian.com and throughout the blogosphere. Bishop Jackson is at the forefront of the movement to stop marriage equality from becoming a reality in DC, an effort that is most likely to fail as the DC City Council voted 11-2 on Monday in the first of two votes that will legalize same-sex marriage in the district.

This debate is particularly noteworthy as it provides a different point of view of scripture as it relates to LGBT people and marriage equality from Rev. Monroe. Too often homophobic messages by ministers such as Bishop Jackson saturate the media and give the false impression that his views are widely held by the black community and black clergy. There are affirming churches and clergy and it's time their messages of love, tolerance, and inclusivity are heard.

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