First openly gay elected bishop to visit Charlotte



Bishop Gene Robinson
  • Bishop Gene Robinson

Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay elected bishop in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, will visit Charlotte on Friday, Feb. 10. "An Evening with Bishop Gene Robinson" will kick off RAIN's (Regional AIDS Interfaith Network) 20th anniversary.

Docu-fiends might remember Robinson from 2007's ""For the Bible Tells Me So," a film that shared his story while exploring the ways the religious right continues to stigmatize the gay community. Robinson is now the subject of a new documentary film "Love Free or Die," which was screened at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

Robinson has been a longtime advocate for AIDS awareness, co-authoring three AIDS education curricula and doing AIDS work in the U.S. as well as in Africa. He has been honored by many organizations, including the Human Rights Campaigns and the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, for his vocal call to defense of LGBT civil rights.

Tickets are $30 per person and includes complimentary beer, wine, and light hors d'oeuvres (there will be non-alcoholic beverages as well, with 100 percent of the ticket cost going to support RAIN's programs and services. Only 150 tickets are available for purchase.

6 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10; Duke Energy's Paul Anderson Auditorium, 400 S. Tryon St.

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