Happy Pride Month! In June, communities around the world recognize, salute, observe and/or celebrate their LGBTQ friends, family and neighbors. More and more, religious communities are joining in this tradition as well. On this week’s State of Belief, the weekly radio program and podcast from Interfaith Alliance, host Rev. Welton Gaddy will spend the full hour with a pioneer of this movement toward inclusivity, the Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson.

    Bishop Gene was the first openly gay person consecrated a bishop in the Episcopal Church. In this wide-ranging conversation, recorded last month at the Human Rights Campaign studios in Washington, DC, he reflects on his ministry, weighs in on how the current cultural climate in our nation has impacted LGBTQ persons as well as other still-marginalized populations, and explains why it’s important to remember movements for human dignity even as new generations may feel that their rights will always be protected. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riot in New York City, which is recognized as the moment that gave birth to the modern LGBTQ rights movement.

    Bishop Gene retired as Bishop of New Hampshire in 2013. He then served as Senior Fellow at Auburn Seminary in New York and the Center for American Progress in Washington. In 2017, he was named Vice-President and Senior Pastor of the Chautauqua Institution, a center for arts, education, recreation and religion in upstate New York.

    This conversation is part of our Whosoever You Love series, affirming the worth and full value of LGBTQ persons within and beyond religion, supported by the Arcus Foundation, dedicated to the idea that people can live in harmony with one another and the natural world. Learn more about Arcus and its partners at And find all of the conversations in this series as well as additional resources and information on Whosoever You Love at

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