The Regional AIDS Interfaith Network will welcome Bishop Gene Robinson to Charlotte on Feb. 10 for an exciting and intimate evening filled with hope and compassion.

The event will kick off the year-long celebration of RAIN’s 20th anniversary. Charlotte’s only HIV nonprofit providing direct client services was founded by The Rev. Debbie Warren 1992.

The Right Reverend V. Gene Robinson is the first openly gay elected bishop in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. Since his consecration in 2003 he has become one of the most visible, eloquent and respected advocates for LGBT equality nationally and internationally.

Bishop Robinson’s story is featured in the 2007 feature-length documentary, “For the Bible Tells Me So” and is the subject of a new documentary film “Love Free or Die” shown at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2012. In 2009, Bishop Robinson gave the invocation at the opening inaugural ceremonies for President Barack Obama at the Lincoln Memorial.

He is co-author of three AIDS education curricula for youth and adults, and has done AIDS work in the United States and in Africa. Bishop Robinson has been active particularly in the area of full civil rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. He is vocal about the need for full acceptance of LGBT people in faith communities. He has been honored by many LGBT organizations for his work, including the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force and the Equality Forum.

An Evening with Bishop Gene Robinson: 6-9p Friday, Feb. 10; Duke Energy’s Paul Anderson Auditorium, 400 S. Tryon St. Tickets are $30 per person and includes complimentary beer, wine, and light hors d’oeuvres (there will be non-alcoholic beverages as well). Only 150 tickets are available – this is truly an intimate evening. Details or to purchase tickets:

More about RAIN (Regional AIDS Interfaith Network)

RAIN is the sole HIV nonprofit in the Charlotte metropolitan area providing direct client services. RAIN integrates the wisdom and voices of those infected with HIV in the planning and delivery of their services. As a result of their work, they inspire and empower more people to live, open more minds, and help break the stigma of HIV and AIDS regionally and nationally. RAIN services include CARE Management, support groups for youth, faith-based training, HIV awareness and prevention education programs, chaplain services, and caring volunteers who provide practical support to persons living with HIV and AIDS.

Information submitted by Nathan Smith of RAIN.