America’s first gay bishop remembers Tutu’s generosity and kindness


CONCORD, NH (TBEN) – In 2008, when the Right Reverend Gene Robinson of New Hampshire was kicked out of a global Anglican rally because of his sexuality, Desmond Tutu, who died on Sunday, came to his defense.

“Gene Robinson is a wonderful human being, and I am proud to belong to the same church as him,” Tutu wrote in the front of a book Robinson published that year.

Robinson, who in 2003 became the first openly gay bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States, said on Sunday that he has since tried to live up to those words.

“It was pretty surreal because I was taking heartache from all over the world,” he said in a phone interview. “There was probably at that time, and perhaps still, no one more famous in the world than Desmond Tutu. It was an incredible gesture of generosity and kindness.

Tutu, a South African racial justice activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner,…

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