Hidden Histories: Faith and Black Lesbian Leadership

by Monique Moultrie
published by Duke University Press
March 2023.   240 pages.   ISBN: 978-1-4780-1911-4 

In Hidden Histories, Monique Moultrie collects oral histories of Black lesbian religious leaders in the United States to show how their authenticity, social justice awareness, spirituality, and collaborative leadership make them models of womanist ethical leadership. By examining their life histories, Moultrie frames queer storytelling as an ethical act of resistance to the racism, sexism, and heterosexism these women experience. She outlines these women’s collaborative, intergenerational, and leadership styles, and their concerns for the greater good and holistic well-being of humanity and the earth. She also demonstrates how their ethos of social justice activism extends beyond LGBTQ and racialized communities and provides other models of religious and community leadership. Addressing the invisibility of Black lesbian religious leaders in scholarship and public discourse, Moultrie revises modern understandings of how race, gender, and sexual identities interact with religious practice and organization in the twenty-first century.


Veronica Wells wrote this article about Hidden Histories for Essence magazine on March 20, 2023:

LGBTQ-RAN presented this webinar on Hidden Histories with Monique Moultrie on May 11, 2023: