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Bishop to Speak on Gay Civil Rights

The upcoming speaker will challenge audience members’ views on equality, morality, justice, entrepreneurship, religion and sexuality.

Bishop V. Gene Robinson, who is visiting as part of the Otis Young Lecturer series, is a Senior Fellow at American Progress. He was elected bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire in 2003, after serving as Canon to the Ordinary for nearly 18 years. He was consecrated a bishop on All Saints Sunday in 2003, and was invested as the Ninth Bishop of New Hampshire in 2004.

He is also gay.

What some may see as an impassable barrier between religion and sexuality, Robinson sees as an opportunity to promote morality and equality.

Robinson has been particularly active in the area of full civil rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. 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 his work, including the Human Rights Campaign, Lambda Legal, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, GLAAD and the Equality Forum.

Robinson is also the co-author of three AIDS education curricula for youth and adults, and has done AIDS work in the United States and in Africa. He had also been an advocate for anti-racism training in the diocese and wider church.

His story is featured in the 2007 feature-length documentary, “For the Bible Tells Me So,” and a movie about his ministry, “Love Free or Die,” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012.

Robinson also has two published books about religion and sexuality: In the Eye of the Storm: Swept to the Center by God was released in 2008 and God Believes in Love: Straight Talk About Gay Marriage was published in 2012.

Robinson was invited by President Barack Obama to give the invocation at the opening inaugural ceremonies at the Lincoln memorial in 2009.

Robinson has two daughters and two granddaughters. He lives with his husband, Mark Andrew, who is employed by the State of New Hampshire’s Department of Safety.

The event is at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, April 18 in the Heckman Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.