Vicky – The Gay Gene Comes to Australia
Australia | Director Sasha Hadden | 84 Minutes
Vicky Gene Robinson was consecrated as the world’s first openly gay bishop…wearing a bullet-proof vest.
He was the only bishop not invited to the 2008 Lambeth Conference of Bishops – but he was also the only bishop that Barack Obama selected to deliver the invocation at the inaugural weekend of his presidential election.
Now retired, the former Bishop of New Hampshire in the Episcopal (Anglican) Church of the U.S. remains a divisive figure. His recent visit to Australia was controversial – especially his well-publicised encounter with the Reverend Fred Nile on ABC’s Q&A.
This new documentary from Sydney filmmaker Sasha Hadden follows the Bishop’s visit to Melbourne in 2013. Anchored by a series of interviews with Melbourne radio presenter Dean Beck, his message is clear: that it will take religious people to undo the harm that religious people have done.
As Australia struggles with issues of sexuality and faith, marriage equality and institutional child sexual abuse, this film is an important and timely contribution.
Followed by filmmaker Q&A.