Love Free or Die - Philanthropy New York's Documentary Series

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 -
5:30pm to 8:30pm EDT
The Paley Center for Media, 25 West 52nd Street, NYC
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Please join us for a wine-and-cheese reception, followed by a screening of the documentary Love Free or Die, and a brief discussion to follow.

Love Free or Die, Official Trailer (2011)

Love Free or Die is about a man whose two defining passions are in direct conflict:  his love for God and for his partner Mark. Gene Robinson is the first openly gay person to become a bishop in the historic traditions of Christendom. His consecration in 2003, to which he wore a bullet-proof vest, caused an international stir, and he has lived with death threats every day since. The film follows Robinson's personal story as American churches debate whether or not lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are equal to heterosexuals in the eyes of God while our nation debates whether LGBT people are equal to heterosexuals in the eyes of the law. 

In Love Free or Die, Bishop Gene steps onto the world stage as he travels from small-town churches to Washington's Lincoln Memorial to London's Lambeth Palace calling for all to stand for equality – inspiring bishops, priests and ordinary folk to come out from the shadows and change history.



  • Macky Alston, Filmmaker
  • Orlando Bagwell, (Moderator), Director, JustFilms, Ford Foundation.
  • Sharon Groves, Director, Religion and Faith Program, Human Rights Campaign
  • Gene Robinson, Bishop

Who should attend

Funders, nonprofit colleagues, and other friends are invited to this reception, film screening, and panel discussion. All are welcome!
The Paley Center for Media, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public.
The use of The Paley Center for Media's facilities does not constitute endorsement by the Paley Center of any views expressed during this event.
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