Love Free or Die

Title: Love Free or Die: One Man's Fight for Equality
Studio: Wolfe
Year: 2013
Length: 83 minutes
Available: Amazon.Com, Amazon.Ca and Wolfe Video

One of the most moving moments for me was when Gene Robinson was consecrated as an Episcopalian bishop. Gene Robinson's consecration as a bishop felt like gay Christians had finally arrived and had finally gained spiritual credibility, because a credible mainline Protestant denomination placed an openly gay man in a position of spiritual leadership and responsibility. The hope Gene Robinson provided to gay Christians around the world, both inside and outside the Anglican communion, throughout the world, cannot be underestimated. Gene Robinson's courage, in the face of opposition and in the face of death threats, is inspiring. When I stumbled across a video about Gene Robinson, I immediately purchased the video.

Love Free or Die is an award-winning documentary. According to the Wolfe Video, Love Free or Die received the following awards in 2012:

  • Sundance Film Festival, Documentary Special Jury Prize
  • RiverRun International Film Festival, Human Rights Award
  • Philadelphia QFest, Best Documentary Award
  • Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Audience Award for Best Documentary
  • Wilbur Award, Best Feature Documentary
  • Palm Beach, International Film Festival Audience Award
  • NewFest, LGBT Film Festival Audience Award

The video covers the ministry of Gene Robinson an Episcopalian bishop. In the documentary, we see the highs and lows of Gene Robinson's service as a bishop. The movie shows the struggles he faces trying to be fully accepted as a bishop by other bishops and by the world Anglican communion and the divisions within the Anglican communion regarding homosexuality. While not being well accepted by some Anglican bishops, Gene Robinson is invited to give the inaugural speech at President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration. Through this documentary, the ministry of Gene Robinson continues to offer hope, inspiration and encouragement to gay, lesbian and bisexual Christians and to their straight allies and loved ones.

This powerful documentary is an excellent choice for pastors and churches and for GLBT people to watch.