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Free screening of gay bishop documentary at StageOne

Published 6:31 pm, Thursday, June 20, 2013
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The Fairfield Theatre Company is offering a free screening of the documentary film "Love Free or Die," the story of the nation's first openly gay Episcopal bishop, Monday evening, June 24, at StageOne.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the film will be shown at 7:30 at the 70 Sanford St. theater.

The appointment in 2003 of Gene Robinson as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire ignited controversy both in the Episcopal Church and broader religious community. The film follows Robinson on his quest for greater inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the church and in the state of New Hampshire.

"Love Free or Die" is a play on the slogan "Live Free or Die," New Hampshire's official state motto.

The film debuted on the national PBS series "Independent Lens" in October. Directed by Macky Alston, it won a Special Jury Prize for An Agent of Change at the 2012 Sundance Film festival.

Alston's cameras follow Robinson's travels from small-town churches to the invocation at President Barack Obama's inauguration at the Lincoln Memorial, to London, where he was scorned and relegated to the fringes of a once-in-a-decade convocation of bishops to which was deliberately not invited.

"Live Free or Die" takes audiences into the decisive meeting in California of the Episcopal Church, where Robinson plays an instrumental role in establishing full inclusion of LGBT individuals.