Minister L. Renair Amin Covington is presenting PRIDE & Prejudice: Confronting Homophobia in Communities of Color. Check out Renair’s bio here.
How do you see yourself as a catalyst for change?
I believe that as a African-American Lesbian Minister, my identities intersect in such as way that opens up the door for much dialogue. I believe that Voice is often attached to Purpose and when you choose to no longer be silent about your testimony, change can be heard.
Who or what was a catalyst for you?
I always believed in speaking up and out, however my catalyst happened about 10 years ago when I first moved to New York. After a series of unforeseen circumstances had led me to finding my own place, I realized that I had to share with others things that I believed had helped me through as well as things I believed people had misconstrued.
What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges or concerns facing us in the field of sexuality right now?
I believe one of the biggest challenges in the field of sexuality rests in the mindset around sexuality as a whole. There are still some topics that are off limits or considered taboo. Unfortunately, there are segments of people that believe that they have rights to what goes on behind the closed doors of others therefore instead of trying to understand, they are trying to control.
What do you feel are some of the most important/valuable positive changes that have been made in the world of sexuality in the past year?
I think the advancements around the subject of Gay Marriage is an important valuable change. It shows that people are starting to understand the normalcy of Same Gender Loving relationships and that we are no different and deserving of the same civil rights.
Why do you feel it is important to bring the topic of your session, PRIDE & Prejudice: Confronting Homophobia in Communities of Color, to CatalystCon East?
I feel it is important to bring this topic to the conference because as I said before it is important to dispel the myths that many already have about the Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, and Transgender community.
Share one unknown (or little known) fact about yourself.
Everything is pretty known about me. LOL.