Darnell L. Moore

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Darnell L. Moore (January 24, Camden, New Jersey) is a writer and activist whose work is informed by anti-racist, feminist, queer of color, and anti-colonial thought and advocacy. Darnell's essays, social commentary, poetry, and interviews have appeared in various national and international media venues, including the Feminist Wire,[1] Ebony magazine,[2] and The Huffington Post.[3] He was appointed by Mayor Cory Booker as Inaugural Chair of the city of Newark, NJ LGBT Concerns Advisory Commission, the first of its kind in the state of New Jersey.[4][5][6][7] He is the co-chair, with Beryl Satter, of the groundbreaking Queer Newark Oral History project--an archival project that seeks to chronicle the multifaceted lives of LGBTQ Newarkers and their allies.

Moore's scholarship focuses broadly on Black Theology and Black Christian thought that is inclusive of queer subjectivities. He has published peer-reviewed essays that attempt to queer Black Christian thought within Black Theology: An International Journal, Theology & Sexuality, and Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies. He was a member of the Beyond Apologetics colloquium organized by theologians Joretta Marshall and Duane Bidwell, which brought together scholars/pastors centered on the themes of sexual identity, pastoral theology, and pastoral practice. Moore was also a selected participant in the 2012 Seminar on Debates on Religion and Sexuality convened by theologian Mark Jordan at Harvard Divinity School.

He is an Editorial Collective Member of The Feminist Wire[1] and co-author, with former NFL player Wade Davis, II, of a bi-monthly column on The Huffington Post Gay Voices focused on black manhood and queer politics titled "Tongues Untied."[8] Moore has served appointments as a visiting fellow at Yale Divinity School and a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University[9][10] and has served as a Lecturer at Rutgers University and The City College of New York (CUNY). Darnell is a board member of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at CUNY and The Tobago Center for Study and Practice of Indigenous Spirituality. He has interviewed Frank Mugisha,[11] Steve Harper,[12] Cheryl Clarke (Lambda Literary),[13] Cheryl Clarke and Amiri Baraka[14] and Mayor Cory Booker.

Background & Education[edit]

Moore hails from Camden, NJ, and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. He received his B.A. in Social and Behavioral Science from Seton Hall University, an M.A. in Clinical Counseling from Eastern University (United States), and an M.A. in Theological Studies from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Honors & Awards[edit]

  • Moore is a recent recipient of the 2012 Humanitarian Award from the American Conference on Diversity for his advocacy in the city of Newark where he served as Chair of the LGBTQ Concerns Advisory Commission under the auspices of Mayor Cory A. Booker.[15]
  • He also is the recent recipient, along with Prof. Beryl Satter, of the 2012 Outstanding Academic Leadership Award from Rutgers University LGBTQ and Diversity Resource Center for their work on developing the Queer Newark Oral History Project.[16][17]
  • First Annual Episcopal Diocese of Newark's Dr. Louie Crew Scholarship for individuals and groups working “at the intersection of sexuality and faith.”[18]

Theoretical Contributions[edit]

"Intralocality" is a theoretical perspective conceptualized by Moore. Moore employs intralocality as an analytic that extends Kimberle Crenshaw's theory of intersectionality. According to Moore, "Borrowing from sociologists, the term 'social location,' which broadly speaks to one’s context, highlights one’s standpoint(s)—the social spaces where s/he is positioned (i.e. race, class, gender, geographical, etc.). Intralocality, then, is concerned with the social locations that foreground our knowing and experiencing of our world and our relationships to the systems and people within our world. Intralocality is a call to theorize the self in relation to power and privilege, powerlessness and subjugation. It is work that requires the locating of the 'I' in the intersection. And while it could be argued that such work is highly individualistic, I contend that it is at the very level of self-in-relation-to-community where communal transformation is made possible."

Palestinian Solidarity Work[edit]

  • Moore is a member of the International Committee on Queer BDS and Pinkwashing for World Social Forum 2013.[19][20]


  • Moore's work on "complex relationships between race and sexuality in the black community" cited in Patrick S. Cheng's Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology, 2011.[21]

Current Works[edit]

In 2013 he edited the book "Astor Place - Broadway - New York" about a barber shop, one of the last stores remaining from the 1940s in Lower Manhattan, with photographs by Nicolaus Schmidt.

He is presently working on a co-edited anthology which examines the intersections and convergences within America's contemporaneous moments of radical protest, an essay collection, and book on Black queer Christian thought.


External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b The Feminist Wire, Darnell L. Moore
  2. ^ Ebony.com, Darnell L. Moore
  3. ^ The Huffington Post, Darnell L. Moore.
  4. ^ Newark Pride Alliance Citizen Council, Newark’s LGBT Advisory Commission | Darnell Moore, January 29, 2010.
  5. ^ Newark Legistar, Darnell Moore, appointment.
  6. ^ LGBTQ Advisory Board, Essex County, NJ.
  7. ^ Shelley Emling, Officers Killing of Defarra Gaymon Sparks New County Level Advisory. August 12, 2010.
  8. ^ Tongues Untied. Huff Post Gay Voices, July 6, 2012.
  9. ^ Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, Darnell Moore, Visiting Scholar.
  10. ^ Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality New York University, Coming Out, or, Inviting In?: Reframing Disclosure Paradigms.
  11. ^ Darnell Moore, An Interview with Frank Mugisha, LGBT Freedom Fighter in Uganda, November 14, 2011.
  12. ^ Steve Harper.
  13. ^ Darnell Moore, The Never-Ending Resource that is Black Queerness, July 6, 2011.
  14. ^ Darnell L. Moore, Crossings and Departures: An Interview with Cheryl Clarke and Amiri Baraka in Newark, September 15, 2011.
  15. ^ Photos from Essex County Humanitarian Awards Dinner.
  16. ^ Queer Newark History Project.
  17. ^ Our Stories, Queer Newark, Our Stories.
  18. ^ Christian Paolino, The OASIS honors Dr. Louie Crew, presents first annual scholarship and grant. June 4, 2012.
  19. ^ Signatory of the letter from the 1st US delegation of LGBTQ folk to Palestine, Queer Solidarity with Palestine.
  20. ^ On charges of Anti-Semitism and Palestinian Solidarity Activism.
  21. ^ Patrick S. Cheng, Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology.
  22. ^ [1]