Gene Robinson discusses his experiences as the Episcopal Church's first openly gay Bishop. Robinson recalls wearing a bulletproof vest to his consecration due to numerous death threats.
Bishop Gene Robinson presents at Momentum 2009 on the Power plenary: Pathways to opportunity and prosperity in America continue to be blocked by racism, homophobia, and elitism. Who defines the rules of engagement? How do private perceptions inform public choices and vice versa? How can we use ideas, network, and technology to reformulate hierarchies and enact progressive values? What does it mean to speak truth to power in the Obama era?
Robinson's momentum: "As a human being and as a Christian, I am passionate about joining God in loving and liberating the poor, the marginalized and the disenfranchised. The closer we are to those who are in the margins, the closer we get to God." - Momentum Conference
Gene Robinson is the Ninth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire. Widely recognized for his work on civil rights for gay, lesbian, and transgender people; he is also known for advocating for debt relief, socially responsible investment, and access to healthcare.
He holds two honorary doctorates and has received numerous awards from national civil rights organizations including the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the Equality Forum.
His story is featured in the 2007 feature-length documentary, "For the Bible Tells Me So." Bishop Robinson gave the invocation at the opening inaugural ceremonies for President Obama at the Lincoln Memorial on January 18, 2009.