Darnell L. Moore

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Darnell L. Moore
Yahné Ndgo, Lee Camp, Rosario Dawson, Mark Bartlett & Darnell Moore (27955683085) (Darnell Moore cropped).jpg
Born (1976-01-24) January 24, 1976 (age 43)
OccupationWriter, activist
Years active1999-present
WebsiteDarnell L. Moore

Darnell L. Moore (born January 24, 1976)[1] is an American writer and activist whose work is informed by anti-racist, feminist, queer of color, and anti-colonial thought and advocacy.[2] Darnell's essays, social commentary, poetry, and interviews have appeared in various national and international media venues, including the Feminist Wire,[3] Ebony magazine,[4] and The Huffington Post.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Moore was born in Camden, New Jersey.

More received his B.A. in Social and Behavioral Science from Seton Hall University, an M.A. in Clinical Counseling from Eastern University, and an M.A. in Theological Studies from Princeton Theological Seminary.


Moore was appointed by Mayor Cory Booker as inaugural Chair of the city of Newark, New Jersey LGBT Concerns Advisory Commission, the first of its kind in the state of New Jersey.[6][7][8][9] 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 in 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[10] 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."[11] 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[12][13] and has served as a Lecturer at Rutgers University and The City College of New York (CUNY). Moore 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,[14] Steve Harper,[15] Cheryl Clarke (Lambda Literary),[16] Amiri Baraka[17] and Mayor Cory Booker. Moore is part of the Audre Lorde Human Rights Speaker Series at The Sexuality, Gender & Human Rights Program at Harvard Kennedy School, CARR Center for Human RIghts Policy[18]

Moore's memoir, No Ashes in the Fire, a “critically-acclaimed memoir about growing up black and queer in New Jersey in the ’80s”, was released in 2018.[19][20]


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 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.


  • Moore's Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality talk cited in Carolyn Poljski, Coming Out, Coming Home or Inviting People In? Supporting same-sex attracted women from immigrant and refugee communities, 2011.
  • 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]

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]

Personal life[edit]

Moore lives in Brooklyn.

Honors and awards[edit]

  • 2012: American Conference on Diversity, Humanitarian Award – 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[24]
  • 2012: Rutgers University LGBTQ and Diversity Resource Center, Outstanding Academic Leadership Award – with Prof. Beryl Satter, for their work on developing the Queer Newark Oral History Project[25][26]
  • First Annual Episcopal Diocese of Newark's Dr. Louie Crew Scholarship for individuals and groups working "at the intersection of sexuality and faith."[27]
  • In June 2019, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, sparking the start of the modern LGBTQ rights movement, Queertynamed him one of the Pride50 “trailblazing individuals who actively ensure society remains moving towards equality, acceptance and dignity for all queer people.[28][29]

Works and publications[edit]


  • Schmidt, Nicolaus; Moore, Darnell L.; Walz, Udo (2013). Moore, Darnell L. (ed.). Astor Place, Broadway, New York: a universe of hairdressers = Astor Place, Broadway, New York: ein Universum der Friseure (in German and English). Bielefeld, Germany: Kerber. ISBN 978-3-866-78806-0. OCLC 1016978689.
  • Moore, Darnell L. (2018). No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America. New York: Nation Books. ISBN 978-1-568-58834-6. OCLC 1035947395.



  1. ^ "Darnell L. Moore". Ubuntu Biography Project. January 24, 2018. Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  2. ^ Noah, Trevor; Moore, Darnell L. (June 28, 2018). "Darnell L. Moore - Rethinking Gender and Sexuality in "No Ashes in the Fire" - Extended Interview - The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Video Clip)" (Video interview). The Daily Show. Comedy Central.
  3. ^ The Feminist Wire, Darnell L. Moore
  4. ^ Ebony.com, Darnell L. Moore
  5. ^ The Huffington Post, Darnell L. Moore.
  6. ^ Newark Pride Alliance Citizen Council, Newark’s LGBT Advisory Commission | Darnell Moore, January 29, 2010.
  7. ^ Newark Legistar, Darnell Moore, appointment.
  8. ^ LGBTQ Advisory Board, Essex County, NJ.
  9. ^ Shelley Emling, Officers Killing of Defarra Gaymon Sparks New County Level Advisory. Archived January 31, 2013, at Archive.today August 12, 2010.
  10. ^ Darnell Moore. Feminist Wire, November 15, 2011.
  11. ^ Tongues Untied. Huff Post Gay Voices, July 6, 2012.
  12. ^ Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, Darnell Moore, Visiting Scholar.
  13. ^ Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality New York University, Coming Out, or, Inviting In?: Reframing Disclosure Paradigms.
  14. ^ Darnell Moore, An Interview with Frank Mugisha, LGBT Freedom Fighter in Uganda, November 14, 2011.
  15. ^ Steve Harper.
  16. ^ Darnell Moore, The Never-Ending Resource that is Black Queerness, July 6, 2011.
  17. ^ Darnell L. Moore, Crossings and Departures: An Interview with Cheryl Clarke and Amiri Baraka in Newark, September 15, 2011.
  18. ^ "Audre Lorde Human Rights Speaker Series: A conversation with writer and activist Darnell L. Moore". Harvard.edu. November 7, 2012.
  19. ^ Oluo, Ijeoma (August 8, 2018). "Black, Gay and Becoming Visible". The New York Times. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  20. ^ Gremore, Graham (May 18, 2019). "Darnell L. Moore rose from the "ashes" to give voice to the powerless". www.queerty.com. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  21. ^ Patrick S. Cheng, Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology.
  22. ^ Signatory of the letter from the 1st US delegation of LGBTQ folk to Palestine, Queer Solidarity with Palestine.
  23. ^ On charges of Anti-Semitism and Palestinian Solidarity Activism.
  24. ^ Photos from Essex County Humanitarian Awards Dinner.
  25. ^ Queer Newark History Project.
  26. ^ Our Stories, Queer Newark, Our Stories.
  27. ^ Christian Paolino, The OASIS honors Dr. Louie Crew, presents first annual scholarship and grant. June 4, 2012.
  28. ^ Gremore, Graham (May 18, 2019). "Darnell L. Moore rose from the "ashes" to give voice to the powerless". www.queerty.com. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  29. ^ "Queerty Pride50 2019 Honorees". Queerty. Retrieved June 18, 2019.

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