Sep 092014

Renair Amin is presenting PRIDE & Prejudice – Confronting Homophobia in Communities of Color. Check out Renair’s bio here.

Renair Amin Covington

1. How do you see yourself as a catalyst for change?

I see myself as a catalyst for change because I am not the typical model that one would expect. Being an African-American, lesbian, married minister and parent opens a different level of dialogue. As such, I believe that simply my presence can serve as a catalyst for change, even if at the end of the day, it does not cause one to change. At least, it opened the conversation.

2. Who or what was a catalyst for you?

Mo Beasley was a catalyst for me. It was his desire to see me be able to do the work even with my move into ministry that changed my life. He was always authentic and honest in believing in me from the very beginning. That was truly a blessing.

3. What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges or concerns facing us in the field of sexuality right now?

In my opinion, one of the biggest challenges facing us is the perception of what is deemed normal. When one does not understand someone’s lifestyle choices, it is deemed as wrong, abnormal, and perverted. People are afraid to be free in who they are because of how they might be perceived. I cannot imagine that an imprisoned existence is one our Creator desired for us to have…

4. 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 feel that the increased number of states that now have gay marriage or same-sex civil unions has been a positive change in the world of sexuality. I remember thinking, “Wow, Virginia?” Unfortunately, Viriginia’s recent victory has been appealed but there was a time that it would not have even gotten that far. Now I wonder what is truly possible.

5. Why do you feel it is important to bring this topic PRIDE & Prejudice – Confronting Homophobia in Communities of Color to CatalystCon West?

I believe the conversation around homophobia is still a prevalent one, especially in communities of color. I know that we have other things to focus on as well such as racism, however, I am clear that we also are experiencing high murder rates in our trans community, and the bullying/suicide numbers still continue to climb. The work is not finished and may never be…

6. Share one unknown (or little known) fact about yourself.

The fictional character I relate to the most is the Invisible Man.

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