Love Free or Die

Sunday, May 20, 2012 @ 4pm
Director Macky Alston in attendance

In June 2003, the Episcopal Church in New Hampshire came under fire when it became the
first to elect an openly gay man, Gene Robinson, as a bishop. Since that flash point, Robinson
has been at the center of the contentious battle for LGBT people to receive full acceptance in
the faith.

Director Macky Alston (whose documentary, Family Name, won the Freedom of Expression
Award at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival) follows Robinson into the breach in the struggle for
equality. While resolute in his calling, Robinson grows increasingly critical of the central role
that religious institutions have played in fostering homophobia and hatred. He is pointedly not
invited to a once-a-decade convocation of bishops, and he courts controversy by attending.
His presence the next year for the Episcopal General Convention underscores the impact of its
impending decisions about the church’s stance on the consecration of future gay bishops and
the performance of same-sex marriage ceremonies.

While Robinson never intended to be the poster boy for gay bishops, Love Free or Die (winner
of a U.S. Documentary Special Jury Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival) demonstrates
that he has become a beacon of hope for millions. His history-making church provides a
model for other communities of faith to treat all people with dignity and respect, regardless of
their sexuality. –2012 Sundance Film Festival

Love Free or Die: Dir Macky Alston 2011 USA 82 min.

Community Partners: Metropolitan Community Church of Portland, Integrity Oregon