Bishop Gene Robinson has said that knowing someone gay changes negative stereotypes about the LGBT community.

Robinson, who serves as bishop of the diocese of New Hampshire, faced controversy nearly a decade ago when he became the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church. The 65-year-old Robinson announced last November that he will step down from his post sometime this year.

In an appearance on CNN to pitch his new book God Believes in Love: Straight Talk About Gay Marriage, Robinson, who four years ago married his partner of 25 years, Mark Andrew, was asked how he overcame anti-gay sentiment to become bishop.

“I got elected the same way that attitudes about gay and lesbian people are changing in this country,” Robinson said. “Which is that people get to know us. And I had worked in my diocese for 27 years before I was elected bishop – they knew me.”

“When people get to know us, we're not so scary,” he said.

Love Free or Die, a documentary on the life of Robinson, opened at the Sundance Film Festival in January. (A trailer for the film is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)