Bishop Gene Robinson is the first openly gay man to be elected bishop in the high church traditions of Christendom. He was invited by President Barack Obama to give the invocation at the inaugural ceremonies at the Lincoln Memorial in 2009. He was elected Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire on June 7, 2003, after having served 28 years in that diocese. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, Washington, DC. Bishop Robinson continues as an activist in the area of full civil/human rights for the LGBT community, in the U.S. and abroad.