Celebrating LGBTQ History Month: June 23, V. Gene Robinson

23 Jun

Today I would like to honor and pay tribute to V. Gene Robinson.  In 2004, Robinson became the first openly gay Episcopal Bishop.  I applaud Robinson’s courage to be so visible within the Christian community during a time when many right wing purported “Christians” vilified people in the LGBT community.  I find it particularly sad, and very telling, that Robinson’s installation as Bishop has caused a great schism within the Episcopal church.

It is also quite telling that the silence from the Archbishop of Canterbury has been deafening.  Archbishop Rowan Williams, who holds great power and influence, has done little to support the LGBT community and shown a lack of leadership.  In 2010, in regards to gay bishops and marriage equality, Williams said:

There’s no problem about a gay person who’s a bishop. It’s about the fact that there are traditionally, historically, standards that the clergy are expected to observe… I think because the scriptural and traditional approach to this doesn’t give much ground for being positive about it.

I would call this a true lack of leadership and lack of dedication to human rights–rather shameful for a clergyman. In a delightful contrast, Robinson demonstrates amazing courage and devotion to humanity, human rights, and teaching love.

One Response to “Celebrating LGBTQ History Month: June 23, V. Gene Robinson”

  1. hemp June 26, 2011 at 10:06 pm #

    The Human Rights Campaign is that Episcopalian Bishop Gene Robinson has been requested to speak at an inaugural concert at the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday two days before the inauguration..The Right Rev. Bishop Robinson the first openly gay priest to be ordained bishop by a major Christian denomination is a member of the Human Rights Campaign Religion Council..Before we get too excited remember what points out The equality fight is not a zero sum game wherein every pro-equality voice should be matched with one who has among many other things said gays should just bottle up their truths..But he hastens to add as do I that this is a step in the right direction.

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