On Tuesday, V. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop, announced his resignation from leading his diocese. Robinson still plans to be a bishop, but feeling the stress of both leading a parish and serving as a gay rights icon, this decision was made for his health as much as anything.
Robinson has been a trailblazer for the LGBT community for years now, adding an open voice to the religious community and creating a much-needed conversation within the Anglican Communion (not to mention other Christian denominations). Ever since starting as a bishop, Robinson has received countless death threats and hateful messages.
Robinson assures the community that he’s not “being run off” by those who have always opposed him. Instead, he’s retiring to focus on his ministry in New Hampshire, though he still plans to be engaged in “trying to achieve full and equal rights for gay, lesbian, transgendered, and bisexual people.”
We only wish the best for Robinson in his decisions, and thank him for all of the hard work he’s done for the nation!
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