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Holy man.

Thank you for the inspirational interview with Bishop Robinson ["Person of the Year: Bishop V. Gene Robinson," December 23]. As an Episcopalian in the diocese of South Carolina, a diocese that has been in the forefront of opposition to his consecration, I hope that copies of your magazine will find their way to my own bishop and others who have acted so shamefully unchristian over this issue. Please pardon the cliche, but Gene Robinson has more of the Holy Spirit in his little finger than do all of his detractors combined.

Michael J. Young, Florence, S.C.

I have never been so moved by a cover story in The Advocate. I left the Episcopal Church when I realized I was gay and recently have started going back. Only now I am an out gay man raising my three children. I am so proud of Bishop Robinson and wish him all the best--a true American hero who happens to be gay! May the gay community voice its jubilation at these changes and its outrage at the attacks against us from antigay religious groups. I feel in my heart that Christ accepts all gay and lesbian people for who they are--human.

Cory Provost, Warwick, R.I.

Bishop Robinson is an exemplary model for our community and a most worthy recipient of recognition as Person of the Year. I wish we all had the grace and courage of this fine man. I am an activist in the United Methodist Church (which is a daughter of the Anglican Church) for fine inclusion of GLBT people. Robinson's success gives me hope for progress at the upcoming General Conference of the UMC next April. There, my life partner and I plan to demonstrate with our friends to educate the delegation that our relationships and participation in the church are every bit as valid as those of different-gender couples.

George Gay, Cambridge, Wis.

While I do not in any way disagree with your selection of Bishop Robinson, I would perhaps add that not only was he courageous for standing up for himself and his beliefs, but the Episcopalians of New Hampshire who voted in favor of his election also deserve recognition and an equal share of the applause for their open-mindedness and acceptance. In a state as notoriously conservative as New Hampshire, it was surprising and reassuring to find that there are many who will judge not on who one loves but on merit, ability, and qualifications alone.

Nicole MacStay-Somero

Peterborough, N.H.

Your choice of Bishop Robinson as Person of the Year was an interesting one in light of the relatively small portion of our community directly affected by his election. I would have thought a more obvious choice would have been John Lawrence and Tyron Garner, whose challenge to the Texas sodomy statute not only overturned all remaining sodomy statutes but also the hateful and misguided Bowers decision. Even selecting the Supreme Court justices responsible for the decision would have been logical considering the impact their ruling will have on the gay community in the years to come.

Daryl Hinshaw, Dallas, Tex.
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Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Feb 3, 2004
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