Bishop Gene Robinson Says ‘Welcome to the Light!’ to Anderson Cooper
July 10, 2012 by Sharon Groves, Director, Religion and Faith Program
Bishop Gene Robinson, the ninth bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire in the Episcopal Church and a member of HRC's Religion and Faith Council, has applauded Anderson Cooper for coming out publicly.
Robinson views being a visible role model as important to LGBT youth.
"It matters that Mr. Cooper has now said openly, 'The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud,'" Robinson wrote in The Washington Post. Those are the words every gay kid wants to be able to say about themselves."
Robinson has modeled for so many young people how to live with integrity as an out LGBT person. He has done a tremendous amount to change the conversation within faith communities so that young people can know that there is a space where they are accepted and loved for who they are.
The more public figures like Anderson Cooper and Bishop Gene Robinson are willing to come out as LGBT, the better it will be for young LGBT people discerning if it is safe for them to live openly as themselves.