Rev. Robert Wood
A veteran of WWII, Robert Wood received two Battle Stars, a Purple Heart, a Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star for "heroic achievement in combat". He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania (1948) and Seminary at Oberlin College (1951). He was ordained in 1951 in the Congregational Christian denomination, which became part of the United Church of Christ (UCC).
Rev. Wood began speaking and writing for gay causes shortly after his ordination. He wrote "Christ and the Homosexual" (1960), which helped begin the dialogue between organized religion and the GLBT community. He was among the first clergymen to advocate for same-sex marriage.
Rev. Wood participated in the seminal gay and lesbian civil rights demonstrations from 1965 to 1969. The Advocate and Out have called Rev. Wood a "pioneer for gay rights" in America.
Rev. Robert Wood lives in New Hampshire. In 1986, he retired after 35 years as a parish pastor. His partner of over 26 years, American abstract artist Hugh M. Coulter, died on January 3, 1989. Rev. Wood remains an engaged advocate for GLBT equality.