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Bishop Gene Robinson Tells LGBT Kids ‘It Gets Better’

Bishop Gene Robinson Tells LGBT Kids ‘It Gets Better’

In a new “It Gets Better” video, Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, the Anglican Communion’s first openly gay Episcopal bishop, tells lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender kids that, despite what some might say, they are exactly the way God made them, creating an inspiring addition to the “It Gets Better” project:

In a piece entitled “How Religion is Killing our Most Vulnerable Youth” that was published in the Huffington Post this week, Bishop Robinson writes that it is up to those of faith, along with other advocates, to speak up and to be a voice against the Religious Right who may shout the loudest about what they claim God wants, but have missed the point entirely:

On the one hand, Religious Right hatemongers and crazies are spewing all sorts of venom and condemnation, all in the name of a loving God.

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Just as many gay kids grow up in these conservative denominations as any other. They are told day in and day out that they are an abomination before God. Just consider the sheer numbers of LGBT kids growing up right now in Roman Catholic, Mormon, and other conservative religious households. The pain and self-loathing caused by such a distortion of God’s will is undeniable and tragic, causing scars and indescribable self-alienation in these young victims.

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On the other hand, what’s the role of more mainline, more progressive denominations such as mainstream Christianity, Judaism, and Islam in these recent tragedies? Mostly silence. And just like in the days of the AIDS organization Act Up, “silence equals death.”

It is not enough for good people — religious or otherwise — to simply be feeling more positive toward gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. Tolerance and a live-and-let-live attitude beats discrimination and abuse by a mile. But it’s not enough. Tolerant people, especially tolerant religious people, need to get over their squeamishness about being vocal advocates and unapologetic supporters of LGBT people. It really is a matter of life and death, as we’ve seen.

Read Gene Robinson’s insightful and engaging commentary in full here.

Have You Heard About the Make It Better Project?
The Make It Better Project is supported by a host of LGBT organizations and charities and is aimed at LGBT youth with the message that, yes, it does get better, but you don’t have to wait. There are people out there wanting to help you to stop the bullying right here, right now; all you have to do is to reach out to them. For more information, and links to resources for LGBT teens, their parents, educators and straight advocates, please click here.

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10:57AM PDT on Jun 1, 2011

This is about the greatest thing I have seen in a decade for the cause of acceptance and tolerance and equality. I am not a religious person, but I could get behind a deity that actually wants the best for everyone and loves them beyond their wildest imagining...rather than the homophobic, ethnocentric, xenophobic, murderous, jealous deity that seems to have arisen in 2000 years of Christianity.

5:22AM PDT on Oct 23, 2010

Many people who want power use appeals to prejudice and fear to get it. It's deeply regrettable that the world still doesn't have the maturity to accept that homosexuality is an expression of sexuality.

4:21PM PDT on Oct 21, 2010

Jesus says we must look at the fruits of what we are doing.. well the fruits of homophobia is dead children..
Love for these children is in my heart, and God reads hearts.. what is in yours?
I am so glad to hear this man speaking the truth from the place he sits.. I wish all gay children could hear this and know that what they are going though will pass if they just give it and us time.

5:25AM PDT on Oct 21, 2010

I'm not gay but this issue is very important to me. I have strayed from Christianity because of its hypocrisy. I was taught as a child that Jesus loves me - I thought that meant ALL of us. But then as an adult, I see that Christianity is an elite club of intolerant extremists. It has been a long road of searching for a place where others are like me spiritually. The paster of a church I used to belong to has retired and seems to have a new calling. So much of what he has to say meshes with what a loving god should be. I recommnend you check out his website:

http://www.dickstetler.com

If more and more spiritual leaders could provide a new message of love, peace, acceptance and tolerance, maybe more and more people would realize that Christianity has been twisted out of control over the last 2,000 years.

If we are to survive as a nation and as a planet, I think we all need to evolve and let go of the hateful indoctrination we have been subjected to.

Thank you, Bishop Robinson, for standing up and speaking out as an example of what Christianity should be all about.

9:34AM PDT on Oct 20, 2010

I so respect this bishop!

6:49AM PDT on Oct 20, 2010

Nice to see a religious person as a warm, caring human being. It makes a lovely change from the usual hater, spewing out poisonous bile against those who are different. I wish there were more people like Bishop Robinson in the Christian Church.

2:43PM PDT on Oct 19, 2010

@Hillary B.: I don't think Tom Y. was preaching. I think he was simply laying down a definition, and pointing out how many who cite religious doctrine as the justification for their homophobia have lost sight of the original context and the difference between being attracted to one's same sex and engaging in a particular sexual activity.

Whether one agrees with the viewpoints behind any of that is another matter; but I really got no impression that Tom was trying to proselytize at all.

6:54AM PDT on Oct 19, 2010

Tom Y.: Get off your preachy high horse. You have lost sight of the forest for the trees. The message we should be taking from religion is "Love thy brother like thyself", which is a commandment is it not? So stop analyzing the scripture to death. If you look at all the scripture, there are lots of things that many realize to be circumscribed by the time period in which the bible was written. You just pick and choose what bigotry you justify. In the past, people like you justified slavery and segregation all the way into the '60's because it was in the bible. If your "logic" that preaches that practices that harm human beings are sin, then why does the bible readily accept slavery? You pick & choose. Your own judgment of others is the real "sin" that is a practice that harms humans more than anything else. Why not give it up? BTW, am hetero married female, and am unaware of any homosexual male who has been harmed by anal sex. In fact, *gasp!*, I've known many heterosexuals who have enjoyed anal sex. You're not conservative, you're just trotting out what you've been told and accepted. To be in the fold you have to believe you have philosophical & moral grounds to believe what you do, but there are others who are religious, but don't believe as you do. They don't have to do such moral acrobatics to reach their desired conclusions.

2:11AM PDT on Oct 19, 2010

well done! glad to see that people understand what is going on in a right way.
to all the people who are different from a "normal" mainstream society wishing you to hold on and to be proud of who they are. Remember not the well adjusted individuals are chainging the society to a better one, but the ones who are different!

11:32PM PDT on Oct 18, 2010

Gratitiude to Bishop Gene~

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