E. Otis Charles (April 24, 1926 – December 26, 2013)
Edgar Otis Charles was the eighth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Utah. Charles was married for 42 years and had five children. After his retirement in 1993, Charles publicly came out as gay, the first Christian bishop ever to take such a step. Soon after he and his wife divorced. He relocated to San Francisco, where he helped to found the California branch of the Oasis Commission. He married Dr. Felipe Sanchez-Paris on September 29, 2008. Dr. Sanchez-Paris was a graduate of Georgetown University and received his doctorate from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He served on the faculty of a number of universities, retiring in 2000 after 18 years as a Professor of Public Policy and Administration at California State University, Bakersfield. The two appear in the documentary film Love Free or Die, testifying about a resolution directing the Episcopal Church to create a provisional rite for the blessing of same-gender relationships at its General Convention in Anaheim, Ca, in 2009. The couple met in 2001, and have been members of St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church in San Francisco and involved with OASIS California, the diocesan LGBT ministry. They had a Commitment Ceremony held at St. Gregory of Nissa in 2004. Bishop E. Otis Charles died less than 5 months after his partner, on December 26, 2013, in San Francisco, California.
Timeline & Places:
• April 24, 1926: born.
• December 26, 2013: died. Buried at St Mark, 231 E 100 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111, Stati Uniti. Buried alongside: Felipe Sanchez-Paris (1941 - July 31, 2013)