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Bishop Gene Robinson
joins us for the ITVS Community Cinema [DC] screening of
LOVE FREE OR DIE
a film by Macky Alston and Sandra Itkoff
Love Free or Die follows Gene Robinson, the first openly gay person to be elected bishop in the high church traditions of Christianity. His 2003 elevation, in the Episcopal diocese of New Hampshire, ignited a worldwide firestorm in the Anglican Communion that has threatened schism. Even as he has pushed for greater inclusion within his own church, Bishop Robinson has become a standard bearer in the fight over the rights of LGBT people to receive full acceptance in church and state.
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About Bishop Gene Robinson — Diocese of New Hampshire
V. Gene Robinson was elected Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire on June 7, 2003, having served as Canon to the Ordinary (Assistant to the Bishop) for nearly 18 years. He was consecrated a Bishop on All Saints Sunday, November 2, 2003, and was invested as the Ninth Bishop of New Hampshire on March 7, 2004.
He holds two honorary doctorates and has received numerous awards from national civil rights organizations. His story is featured in the 2007 feature-length documentary, For the Bible Tells Me So and his book In the Eye of the Storm: Swept to the Center by God (Seabury Books, New York) was published in 2008.
Bishop Robinson has been particularly active in the area of full civil rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. Working at the state, national and international levels, he has spoken and lobbied for equal protection under the law and full civil marriage rights. He has been honored by many LGBT organizations for this work, including the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, GLAD, NH Civil Liberties Union, GLAAD, and the Equality Forum.
Bishop Robinson was invited by Barack Obama to give the invocation at the opening inaugural ceremonies at the Lincoln Memorial on January 18, 2009. The Bishop’s next book, God Believes in Love: Straight Talk about Gay Marriage, will be published by Alfred Knopf in September 2012.
Following his tenure as Bishop of New Hampshire at the end of 2012, Bishop Robinson will be serving as Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank in Washington, DC; and with St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Dupont Circle, in Washington, where he will spearhead an initiative to change the tenor of the political debate in the nation's capital. Robinson will also devote time to public speaking on behalf of LBGT inclusion in the church and in society.
He is the father of two grown daughters and the proud grandfather of two granddaughters. He lives with his husband, Mark Andrew, who is employed by the State of New Hampshire’s Department of Health & Human Services.
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LOVE FREE OR DIE will broadcast on "Independent Lens" in June.
Community Cinema is a national civic engagement initiative featuring free screenings of films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. Presented by Independent Television Service (ITVS) in partnership with local public television stations and community organizations, these in-person events and online social screenings bring community members together to learn, discuss, and get involved in key social issues of our time. For a complete lineup and more information about the Community Cinema series visit: communitycinema.org.
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