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LGBT History Month Spotlight: Bishop Gene Robinson

Bishop Gene Robinson made history in 2003 when he was elected the first openly gay Episcopal bishop.

The ninth bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire, Robinson is one of the world’s leading religious advocates for LGBT equality.

He was a founding member of HRC's Religion Council, a group of religious leaders offering a prophetic voice to issues critical to the LGBT community and committed to equal rights for all Americans.

Additionally, Robinson also lent his voice to the "It Gets Better" project, a video-based campaign addressing bullying and suicide among LGBT youth.

“Robinson has modeled for so many young people how to live with integrity as an out LGBT person,” according to Director of HRC’s Religion and Faith Program Sharon Groves. 

“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," Groves said.

Bishop Robinson recently visited the HRC headquarters in D.C. to discuss his new book, “God Believes in Love: Straight Talk about Gay Marriage,” as well as the future of the LGBT movement.

Watch a recording of his Equality Talk here.

Stay tuned to the HRC Blog throughout October as we continue to highlight major moments that have helped to shape the LGBT movement.


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