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Dean Beck with Bishop Gene May 28th 2013 (5)web

Over the last couple of centuries, there have been many Gay Bishops across various Christian denominations – but none of them out, loud and proud!

Almost 10 years ago – to the day – on the 7th of June 2003, the Diocese of New Hampshire in the Episcopal Church in the United States of America, elected the first “Out Gay” Bishop within the worldwide Anglican Communion.

The announcement sent shock waves through every major religion globally.  The impact would change the Church establishment for ever and the resistance resulted in Bishop Robinson having to wear a bullet proof vest under is robes during his concretion.

He describes himself as “just a little gay guy”– but in 2009, OUT Magazine named him number 7 in their 50 most influential Gays and Lesbians in the USA.

It’s difficult to imagine how someone with such genuine warmth and compassion has needed FBI protection from credible death threats.

On the eve of his 66th birthday, he spoke ‘Word For Word’ with Dean Beck.

Bishop Gene Robinson was in Melbourne on the invitation of the Centre for Faith, Life and Learning and we thank them for arranging the interview. His latest book is titled “God Believes in Love: Straight Talk About Gay Marriage”.

Photo by Betty Sujecki




About the author: Dean


Producer. Broadcaster. Community Advocate. ENUF Ambassador.

Dean Beck has over 5 years experience as a broadcaster and radio producer. Dean is the founder and original presenter of community radio’s most popular show about sex, sexuality and self, Hide And Seek. He presents the nationally syndicated interview program Word For Word, heard each week on JOY 94.9 and across the Community Radio Network. He also presents a weekly news and current affairs program, On The Line. A tireless advocate for people living with HIV and ENUF Ambassador, Dean coordinated and hosted JOY 94.9’s groundbreaking radio and video web streaming broadcast, World AIDS Day Worldwide, a global 24 hour conversation held on December 1 2013, World AIDS Day. In 2013 JOY 94.9 presented Dean with the Addam Stobbs Broadcast Excellence Award and Living Positive Victoria presented him with their coveted Community Endeavour Award. Dean’s work in promoting gay men’s health saw Hide And Seek receive the HIV Awareness Media Award from Living Positive Victoria in 2013.


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