Metropolitan Community Church - Gay Friendly Church:
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches was started as a church for gay people. From their website: You will find a warm welcome whoever you are -- straight or gay, white or black, Asian or Hispanic, conservative or liberal, old or young, rich or poor, deaf or hearing, married or single, transgender or any gender identity. Like the early Church, we are a rainbow congregation!
History of MCC:
Rev. Troy Perry is the founder of Metropolitan Community Church. In the 1960s, he was defrocked as a clergyperson by a Pentecostal denomination because of his homosexuality. After a lover left him, Troy Perry attempted suicide. His friends came to his side, but when one of them was having a hard time, he said to Perry, "No one cares about gay people." Perry responded, "God does." But his friend didn't believe it, like so many other gay people who have been shunned by religious faiths.
MCC and Ministry to the Gay Community:
That's when Troy Perry decided God wanted him to start a church for gay people. Troy Perry took out an ad in The Advocate and on October 6, 1968, held his first mass. Twelve people showed up to his Los Angeles apartment. In his autobiography Troy Perry said, "I made it clear that we were not a gay church -- we were a Christian church, and I said that in my first sermon. I also told them that we would be a general Protestant church to be all-inclusive." Today there are 300 congregations in 22 countries.