Friday, August 29, 2014

Rev. Troy Perry, 150 Results at Highbeam, Oct. 1987 to Aug. 2014



GAY RIGHTS MARCH BREAKS NEW GROUND
The Boston Globe (Boston, MA); October 9, 1987; Kay Longcope, Globe Staff; 700+ words ...Terrace, where speeches will be given by Jesse Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, Eleanor Smeal, Cesar Chavez, the Rev. Troy Perry, founder of the Metropolitan Community Churches, Barbara Smith, a black lesbian writer and founder of New York's...

30 DAYS MAGAZINE BEGINS US EDITION
The Boston Globe (Boston, MA); May 14, 1988; James L. Franklin, Globe Staff; 605 words ...edited by the Rev. Joseph Fessio, S.J., editor and founder of Ignatius Press. DATES: Tomorrow at 7 p.m., Rev. Troy Perry, founder of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, will speak at the 16th anniversary of the...

Gay Community Breaks Ground for Church; Washington Group May Be First to Construct Its Own House of Worship
The Washington Post; July 22, 1990; Jill Nelson; 691 words ...Many were from Washington, but there were also church members from all over the United States, including the Rev. Troy Perry, who founded the denomination in California 22 years ago. There are congregations in 16 countries and in every state...

The Love That Dare Not Speak: Censoring Gay Expression
The Nation; November 5, 1990; LaMarche, Gara Rubenstein, William B.; 700+ words ...removed from school libraries in Vancouver, Washington. * The Lord is My Shepherd and He Knows I'm Gay, by the Rev. Troy Perry, and View from Another Closet, by Janet Bodes, are attacked as "pornographic" in Michigan. * Conservatives try...

2 churches, linked, but not in sync
The Boston Globe (Boston, MA); July 22, 1991; James L. Franklin, Globe Staff; 630 words ...Community Churches blessed 250 couples on the steps of the nation's Capitol during a 1989 march on Washington. Rev. Troy Perry, the emotional leader of the 27,000-member Metropolitan Community Churches, compared the ties binding the couples...

Lesbian Ousted From the Military Is Hoping to Return as a Chaplain
The Washington Post; February 10, 1993; Gustav Niebuhr; 700+ words ...also raise the profile of her denomination, the Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC). Founded in 1968 by the Rev. Troy Perry, a Pentecostal preacher, the MCC teaches that "Jesus Christ died to take away your sins, not your sexuality." Its...

Catholic group speaks on labor
The Boston Globe (Boston, MA); September 3, 1994; James L. Franklin, Globe Staff; 687 words ...Patrick Church, 44 East Central St., Route 135, Natick (617-783-5410). Friday at 7 p.m., Rev. Elder Troy Perry, the founder of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, will speak at a special service at Morning...

Love of God Keeps Preacher Preaching
Chicago Sun-Times; March 17, 1995; DEB PRICE; 664 words As a boy, TroyPerry dearly loved going to church. His parents...loved as a gay man. On Oct. 6, 1968, Troy Perry founded a church devoted to spreading...out, it voiced the faith that ushered Troy Perry into church as a boy and beckons other...

Heaven's Scapegoat
The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine); May 13, 1997; Dahir, Mubarak; 700+ words ...sexuality and, on a greater level, society's rejection of and hostility toward gay men and lesbians," said the Rev. Troy Perry, founder of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, in a statement released April 2. But experts...

Courage to Love: A Gay Priest Stands Up for His Beliefs.
The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine); June 10, 1997; Boyd, Malcolm; 660 words ...Practical Guide to Being Out, Proud, and Christian; TroyPerry and Thomas Swicegood's Don't Be Afraid Anymore: The Story of ReverendTroy Perry and the Metropolitan Community Church; Nancy Wilson...

Keeping the Faith
The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine); July 22, 1997; Gallagher, John; 700+ words ...for another reason: They are themselves believers and churchgoers. That should come as no surprise, argues the Rev. TroyPerry, founder of the predominantly gay Unified Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches: "Many of us were raised in...

The Events That Shaped the Under-30 Mind
The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine); August 19, 1997; Romesburg, Don Finlay, Jennifer; 700+ words ...basement of ABC Television's Los Angeles headquarters. 1968 * The Metropolitan Community Church is founded by the Rev. Troy Perry to provide a place of worship for gay people. By 1997 MCC has more than 46,000 congregants in over 300 churches...

March Madness: Political Infighting Raises Questions about the Worthiness of a Millennium March on Washington
The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine); March 31, 1998; Bull, Chris; 700+ words ...well as the rallies at the three previous gay and lesbian marches on Washington. Tyler approached Birch and the Rev. Troy Perry, moderator of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, both of whom enthusiastically endorsed the...

Authorities trying to curb deaths
The Charleston Gazette (Charleston, WV); July 21, 1998; Susan Montoya; 551 words ...since it was too hot to pour concrete. "Productivity is way down. If it's not raining, it's too hot," said Troy Perry, chief executive officer of Charles Vrana & Sons Construction Co. of Omaha.

One in the spirit of tolerance
The Scotsman; August 27, 1998; Jean West; 700+ words ...says he wishes they understood what his church - founded in 1968 in Los Angeles by a gay Pentecostalist, the Reverend Troy Perry - practise before they make value judgments. The myth he rushed to quash from the outset is that the church is about...

WHERE HATE'S VICTIMS CAN FIND OPEN ARMS.(Local)
Rocky Mountain News (Denver, CO); September 21, 1998; 696 words ...Community Church of the Rockies, home to many in Denver's gay and lesbian community. The guest was the Rev. Elder Troy Perry, founder of the California-based Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, now with 391 churches worldwide...

Allah and Jesus at the Gay Church [Metropolitan Community Church]
Herizons; October 1, 1998;  Manji, Irshad; 700+ words ...lessons of Christ's struggles to the constant negotiating that gays and lesbians must do with the wider world.Rev.Troy Perry, founder of the worldwide MCC fellowship, has re-written his favourite hymn to read, "When the Saints Go Sneaking...

The Buzz: Allah and Jesus at the Gay Church
Herizons; October 1, 1998; Manji, Irshad; 700+ words ...lessons of Christ's struggles to the constant negotiating that gays and lesbians must do with the wider world.Rev.Troy Perry, founder of the worldwide MCC fellowship, has re-written his favourite hymn to read, "When the Saints Go Sneaking...

IN MEMORIAM
Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne, WY); October 14, 1998; 517 words ...Christopher's Episcopal Church. Leaders from a variety of faith traditions will be involved, including the Rev. Elder Troy Perry, founder and moderator of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches. Community residents are welcome...

PRO-GAY MINISTER ATTENDS SHEPARD FUNERAL
Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne, WY); October 17, 1998; Jana Salmon-Heyneman; 574 words CASPER -- The Rev. Elder Troy Perry wept Friday morning as he sat in his hotel room in Casper waiting for a funeral. He wept as he watched Matthew Shepard's parents...

MOURNERS AT SHEPARD MEMORIAL GRIEVED ALL VICTIMS OF DISCRIMINATION
Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne, WY); October 18, 1998; Tim Lockwood; 555 words ...morning of Oct. 12 at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colo.As one of the main speakers, the Rev. Elder Troy Perry, founder and moderator of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, spoke to the people who gathered...

L.A. religious leaders launch anti-hate campaign.
National Catholic Reporter; November 13, 1998; Malcolm, Teresa; 367 words ...and pain we have felt around Matthew Shepard's murder must be translated beyond words into action," said the Rev. Troy Perry, founder and moderator of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, "We are in a struggle between...

Metropolitan Community Church
Contemporary American Religion; January 1, 1999; 587 words ...transgender (LGBT) Christians. The organization was founded in Los Angeles in October 1968 by former Church of God minister Troy Perry. From an initial group of thirteen, the church grew to add four new congregations across the United States within two...

Lesbian and Gay Rights Movement
Contemporary American Religion; January 1, 1999; 700+ words ...oldest and largest independent gay and lesbian religious organization. It was founded in Los Angeles in 1968 by the Rev. Troy Perry, a Pentecostal preacher who had been defrocked when his homosexuality was revealed. MCC churches have two sacraments...

NOW Lesbian Rights Summit: more mayhem about the millennium march.(National Organization for Women's workshop on the Gay Rights Millennium March)
off our backs; June 1, 1999; 700+ words ...Millennium March Started Tyler said the idea for a Millennium March was generated by herself, Nicole Ramirez of ILLEGO and Troy Perry of Metropolitan Community Church. She claims that the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) initially thought...

The Road from Stonewall
The Washington Post; June 13, 1999; Jim Marks; 700+ words ...book is close to unique in placing the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), the gay religious denomination founded by Troy Perry in Los Angeles, near the center of the community's development. Easily the most moving chapter is "New Orleans...

Marching On
The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine); June 22, 1999; Neff, Lisa; 700+ words ...15-member organizing board consists of 60% women, 60% people of color, and only one gay white male--the Rev. Troy Perry, moderator of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches. They had hoped the announcements would pacify...

Texas Court Erred in Declaring Gay Church Not `Main Line,' Says AU
Church & State; October 1, 1999; 700+ words ...synagogues but added the Metropolitan Community Church does not fall within the category." The MCC was founded by the Rev. Troy Perry in Los Angeles in 1968. The denomination has over 300 churches worldwide that serve predominantly gay congregations...

THE GAY MOVEMENT'S LONG-SIMMERING TENSIONS ERUPT IN A HIGH-STAKES MUD FIGHT : Whose Millennium March?
The Nation; April 17, 2000; Gamson, Joshua; 700+ words ...with what that means. This complicated story begins in early 1998, when Birch, two of her colleagues from the HRC and Troy Perry of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (UFMCC), the largest religious organization serving...

Mass Mock Same-sex Wedding at Rally
AP Online; April 29, 2000; GENARO C. ARMAS, Associated Press Writer; 700+ words ...stand before the Lincoln Memorial, this great American symbol of freedom, and demand equal rights,'' said the Rev. Troy Perry, moderator of the Universal Federation of Metropolitan Community Churches, who performed the ceremony. Other events...

MOCK NUPTIALS HIGHLIGHT OF RALLY
The Columbian (Vancouver, WA); April 30, 2000; GENARO C. ARMAS, Associated Press writer; 630 words ...stand before the Lincoln Memorial, this great American symbol of freedom, and demand equal rights," said the Rev. Troy Perry, moderator of the Universal Federation of Metropolitan Community Churches, who performed the ceremony. Other events...

Mock Same-Sex Weddings Staged
AP Online; April 30, 2000; GENARO C. ARMAS, Associated Press Writer; 700+ words ...stand before the Lincoln Memorial, this great American symbol of freedom, and demand equal rights,'' said the Rev. Troy Perry, moderator of the Universal Federation of Metropolitan Community Churches, who performed the ceremony. Other events...

Same-sex couples take mock vows
The Charleston Gazette (Charleston, WV); April 30, 2000; The Associated Press; 505 words ...stand before the Lincoln Memorial, this great American symbol of freedom, and demand equal rights," said the Rev. Troy Perry, moderator of the Universal Federation of Metropolitan Community Churches, who performed the ceremony. Other events...

Making A Public Declaration
The Washington Post; April 30, 2000; Phuong Ly; 700+ words ...heterosexual couples. "We stand here because we know that love makes a family, nothing more, nothing less," said the Rev. Troy Perry, founder of the gay- friendly Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, told the crowd. "We will...

GAY RIGHTS ACTIVISTS PUSH FOR MARRIAGE LAWS
The Record (Bergen County, NJ); April 30, 2000; GENARO C. ARMAS, The Associated Press; 700+ words ...stand before the Lincoln Memorial, this great American symbol of freedom, and demand equal rights," said the Rev. Troy Perry, moderator of the Universal Federation of Metropolitan Community Churches, who performed the ceremony. Other events...

FBI Probes Theft of Gate Receipts in Millennium March
The Washington Times (Washington, DC); May 10, 2000; Seper, Jerry; 700+ words ...associated with the march who already have been interviewed by FBI agents, law-enforcement sources said. The Rev. Troy Perry, a pastor at the Metropolitan Community Churches in Los Angeles who served as a march organizer, also referred inquiries...

Churches Debate Role of Homosexual Unions
Insight on the News; August 7, 2000; Witham, Larry; 700+ words ...Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, formed in 1968 by and for homosexuals. In 1991, the Rev. Troy Perry, church founder and former Pentecostal minister, presided at a blessing of 150 same-sex couples, who vowed commitment...

Will Gays Be OK in Bush's Faith-Based Funding Plan?
The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine); March 13, 2001; Stefanakos, Victoria Scanlan; 517 words ...likely that gay men and lesbians could find their jobs or much-needed social services at risk. However, the Rev. TroyPerry, founder of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, is more optimistic. "There has to be a clear...

History under One Roof
The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine); June 19, 2001; Gallagher, John; 700+ words ...including a costume worn by drag artist Charles Pierce, a clerical gown from Metropolitan Community Church founder TroyPerry, the Purple Heart won by activist Hal Call in World War II, and the giant condom that ACT UP activists draped over...

Industry Analysts Cut Rating of Greenbush, N.Y.-Based Software Developer.
Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News; July 9, 2001; 626 words ...sharp shortfall in revenue," Thadhani said. Smith, Moore & Co. in St. Louis downgraded MapInfo to a "hold." Troy Perry of First Albany Corp. in New York City said third-quarter cuts in software spending have hit the entire industry...

Faith-Based Role Is Seen for Gay Churches
The Washington Times (Washington, DC); August 2, 2001; Witham, Larry; 700+ words ...was so likely to pass that its congregations should prepare to request funds for work in AIDS ministries. The Rev. Troy Perry, moderator of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (UFMCC), said in a letter to his churches...

Bad Faith
The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine); August 28, 2001; Bull, Chris; 700+ words Does Bush's deal with the Salvation Army shed light on a White House plan to chip away at gay fights? Troy Perry was supposed to be a perfect catch for the Bush administration. Under its "faith-based" initiative, the predominantly gay...


Judge upholds Florida ban on gay adoption.(James Lawrence King)(Brief Article)
National Catholic Reporter; September 14, 2001; Donovan, Gill; 470 words ...for a stable and healthy family environment," said Ken Connor, president of the Family Research Council. The Rev. Troy Perry, founder of the predominantly gay Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, said children are the ones...

THE BEST OF THE WEEKEND.(L.A. Life)(Review)
Daily News (Los Angeles, CA); October 5, 2001; 700+ words ...include Los Angeles Police Chief Bernard Parks and the co-founders of the first gay pride parade, Morris Kight and Troy Perry. Mayor James Hahn and Caprice Young, superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles...

The Life Mag: Same sex weddings - Fewer gay men marry.(Features)
Birmingham Evening Mail (England); January 21, 2002; 304 words ...comfortable, where their guests aren't going to be judged.' The Metropolitan Community Church was launched in America by Troy Perry more than 30 years ago after he felt unwelcome in a conventional church because of his homosexuality. As a church it...

Some charities spurn Uncle Sam.
The NonProfit Times; February 1, 2002; Stokes, Jeanie; 700+ words ...of homosexual churches advised its congregations to prepare funding proposals for work in AIDS ministries. The Rev.Troy Perry, moderator of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, said in a letter to his churches that the...

The love of God; The Rev. Troy Perry is a Christian, but, because he's gay, it took him years to believe in his heart that God loved him. Perry founded a Christian outreach to the gay, lesbian and transgender community that is still growing.(NEWS)(FAITH & VALUES)
Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN); April 6, 2002; Allen, Martha Sawyer; 700+ words Byline: Martha Sawyer Allen; Staff Writer The Rev. Troy Perry founded Metropolitan Community Church in 1968 in his living room. Twelve gay men showed up. He was 28 years old. A year later...

NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TAKES OVER HOTEL/MOTEL POST NEW LEADER FACES ONE-CENT SALES TAX REFERENDUM.(VIRGINIA BEACH BEACON)
The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, VA); April 14, 2002; 636 words ...was being part of an effort that won national recognition for WHRO's membership program in 1999. She is married to Troy Perry, a financial adviser for a Wisconsin-based mutual fund company, and the family lives in the Shadowlawn. Perry inherits...

THE PROTEST HAS BECOME PREDICTABLE
The Roanoke Times (Roanoke, VA); June 30, 2002; CODY LOWE; 700+ words ...allies are engaged in counterproductive tactics. Garrison has again shared his concerns with White and with the Rev. Troy Perry, head of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches - probably the largest Christian denomination with...

Veterans' Administration approves gay chaplains. (In The Capital).(Brief Article)
Church & State; September 1, 2002; 313 words ...the church encountered "no resistance whatsoever." "This marks an historic step for MCC churches," said the Rev. Troy Perry, the Christian denomination's founder and moderator. "U.S. programs have long been hostile to gay-lesbian...

Veterans welcome gay chaplains. (Religion).
The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine); September 17, 2002; 242 words ...denomination, has been approved to supply chaplains for the Department of Veterans Affairs. MCC founder the Reverend Troy Perry said, "U.S. programs have long been hostile to GLBT military service members and veterans, so this marks yet another..

The 1987 March on Washington October 1987: The Largest Gay Gathering to Date Brings Unprecedented Visibility-And Gives Mel White His First Chance to Be out. (Safety in Numbers)
The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine); November 12, 2002; White, Mel; 510 words ...hymns with several thousand members of the Metropolitan Community Church and heard a powerful sermon by the ReverendTroy Perry. I cried every time I saw someone from Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays waving a sign that said...

The Metropolitan Community Church October 1968: Steve Gunderson Recalls the Founding of the First Chirstian Church Ministering Specifically to Gays. (Safety in Numbers)
The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine); November 12, 2002; Gunderson, Steve; 475 words ...ultimate form of prejudice: hatred in the name of God. They had been disowned by their church for being gay. In 1968, Troy Perrywas told by the Pentecostal Church that he could not serve God as a gay man. He and his friends knew better. So rather...

History Makers: Where Are the Founders of the Modern Gay Rights Movement, and What Is Being Done to Preserve Their Stories? (Pioneers)
The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine); January 21, 2003; Neff, Lisa; 700+ words ...nobody would have anticipated in our wildest dreams in the `50s and `60s." It was pioneers like Kameny, the Reverend Troy Perry, Barbara Gittings, Del Martin, and Phyllis Lyon, who during the not-so-gay-friendly mid 20th century established...

Transitions. (The Advocate Report).
The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine); June 24, 2003; 261 words ...APPOINTED: Thom Lynch, as executive director of the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, May 14 HONORED: Reverend Troy Perry, 62, founder of the Metropolitan Community Churches. as an honorary doctor of divinity, by Episcopal Divinity School...

Los Angeles homosexual couple thanks Canada for allowing them to marry
AP Worldstream; July 16, 2003; 441 words ...Angeles men exchanged vows Wednesday in a tearful ceremony at a church associated with the homosexual community. The Rev. Troy Perry married partner Phillip De Blieck, an airline worker, at the Toronto parish of the Metropolitan Community Churches...

Bringing Marriage Home: The Reverend Troy Perry Has One Request for Couples Getting Married in Canada: Think Twice before Filing a Court Challenge in the United States
The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine); September 2, 2003; Caldwell, John; 501 words When the Reverend Troy Perry asked the state of California to recognize stone-sex marriage in 1970, he became the first person to file a gay-marriage challenge...

RELIGION NOTES
Dayton Daily News (Dayton, OH); September 11, 2003; 700+ words ...30 a.m. Sept. 14 followed by the monthly carry-in dinner. A book discussion of 10 Spiritual Truths by the Rev. Troy Perry will be discussed at 9:15 a.m. Sundays from Sept. 21 to Nov. 23 in the Rainbow Room. Register and purchase the...

Marriage Issue Rises in Public Debate
The Washington Times (Washington, DC); October 14, 2003; Fagan, Amy; 700+ words ...ceremonies annually, has gathered its allies to observe Marriage Equality Week this week. MCC's founder, the Rev. Troy Perry, said the point is to "provide a positive countervoice" to what he called the effort of the "religious right" to...

Bush letter puzzles gay activists, Focus/ Church congratulated during Marriage Protection Week
The Gazette (Colorado Springs, CO); November 22, 2003; PAUL ASAY THE GAZETTE; 620 words ...Protection Week, and that marriage is both a "sacred institution" and "a union between a man and a woman." The Rev. Troy Perry, founder of Metropolitan Community Church, responded to the letter in a press release Nov. 10, saying "President...

FOUNDER OF GAY-CENTERED CHURCH SPEAKS NORFOLK CONGREGATION HEARS MESSAGE OF JOY, BATTLES STILL TO COME.(LOCAL)
The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, VA); November 24, 2003; 700+ words ...Wiltrout THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT NORFOLK -- The Rev. Troy Perry shared a message of hope and joy Sunday with worshippers...Jason M. hirschfeld the virginian-Pilot The Rev.Troy Perry founded the Metropolitan Community Church denomination...

Bush letter confuses gay church. (USA) (Metropolitan Community Churches)
National Catholic Reporter; November 28, 2003; 324 words ...and a sense of purpose in their lives," the Bush letter said, according to a copy provided by the church. The Rev. Troy Perry, founder and moderator of the church, said Bush was sending "a very mixed message" to a denomination that performs...

Presidential praise--but for what?(Religion)(Metropolitan Community Church)(Brief Article)
The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine); December 23, 2003; Allen, Dan; 290 words ...antigay "Marriage Protection Week." "We thought it was a very nice gesture," said MCC's founder, the Reverend Troy Perry, whose denomination oversees more than 6,000 same-sex unions annually. "But it was also very weird because [Bush...

Weddings in San Francisco give PR boost to gay unions.
PR Week (US); February 23, 2004; 590 words ...activists have encouraged same-sex couples to illustrate their plight on or near Valentine's Day. Last year, the Rev.Troy Perry, founder of the West Hollywood, CA-based Metropolitan Community Church, and his partner decided to apply for a marriage...

California attorney general seeks ruling on same-sex marriages
AP Worldstream; February 24, 2004; JOSH DUBOW, Associated Press Writer; 700+ words ...who filed the suit in Los Angeles Superior Court, also helped the couples attempt to get their licenses.The Rev. Troy Perry, a member of the Los Angeles Human Rights Commission, and his partner Phillip DeBliek were legally married in Canada...

WEDDING DISPUTE EXTENDS TO L.A.
Daily News (Los Angeles, CA); February 24, 2004; 700+ words ...filed suit Monday against Los Angeles County. The plaintiffs include Phillip DeBlieck and his partner, the Rev. Troy Perry, who is moderator of a Christian church that performs more than 6,000 same-sex weddings a year. Joining in the...

Calif. to Seek Same-Sex Marriage Ruling
AP Online; February 24, 2004; JOSH DUBOW, Associated Press Writer; 700+ words ...who filed the suit in Los Angeles Superior Court, also helped the couples attempt to get their licenses. The Rev. Troy Perry, a member of the Los Angeles Human Rights Commission, and his partner Phillip DeBliek were legally married in Canada...

O'Leary's Toughest Fight: Jean O'Leary Isn't Letting Her Diagnosis of Terminal Lung Cancer Dampen Her Renowned Passion for Politics and Gay Rights
The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine); March 2, 2004; Ocamb, Karen; 700+ words ...meeting was granted, and O'Leary handpicked a team of gay men and lesbians, including Frank Kameny, the Reverend Troy Perry, and Massachusetts state legislator Elaine Noble, to address gay rights issues. "This is the first time in the history...

Al-Fatiha.(Honored)
The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine); March 16, 2004; 178 words HONORED: The Reverend Troy Perry, founder of the Metropolitan Community Churches, and gay rights leader Kerry Label, at the North American Conference of the gay Muslim group Al-Fatiha, in Los Angeles, February 15.

Marriage's Grass Roots: The Activist Who Led the Equal Marriage Movement in Hawaii Recalls the Long Road to Massachusetts
The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine); May 11, 2004; Woods, William E.; 700+ words ...gay pride parade and rally in Honolulu. These couples would then be the basis of our lawsuit. We asked the Reverend TroyPerry, founder of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, to come to Hawaii and perform the ceremony...

Gay Couples Exchange Vows in Colorado
AP Online; July 18, 2004; ROBERT WELLER, Associated Press Writer; 615 words ...countries and produces more than a dozen publications.The Rev. Nori Rost, who presided over the ceremony with the Rev. Troy Perry of Los Angeles, said she believes other courts around the country will legalize same-sex marriage as Massachusetts...

Amendment defeat leads to celebration
The Record (Bergen County, NJ); July 19, 2004; ROBERT WELLER, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS; 460 words ...countries and produces more than a dozen publications.The Rev. Nori Rost presided over the ceremony with the Rev. TroyPerry of Los Angeles. Perry, who performed the country's first public same-sex union in 1969, waved his wedding ring...

Gays exchange vows on enemy turf Stage protest in conservatives' Colorado stronghold
Chicago Sun-Times; July 19, 2004; ROBERT WELLER; 404 words ...countries and produces more than a dozen publications. The Rev. Nori Rost, who presided over the ceremony with the Rev. Troy Perry of Los Angeles, said she believes other courts around the country will legalize same-sex marriage as Massachusetts...

Gays celebrate vote in Senate
Deseret News (Salt Lake City); July 19, 2004; Associated Press; 597 words ...countries and produces more than a dozen publications. The Rev. Nori Rost, who presided over the ceremony with the Rev. Troy Perry of Los Angeles, said she believes other courts around the country will legalize same-sex marriage as Massachusetts...

Upbeat ideas.(50 Ways to Support Lesbian and Gay Equality)(Brief Article)(Book Review)
The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine); June 21, 2005; Parks, Joy; 331 words ...Legal, and the American Civil Liberties Union as well as activists and writers including Judy Shepard, the Reverend Troy Perry, and The Advocate's Anne Stockwell. Essays mostly deal with marriage, parenting, and family-related issues...

Church embraces gay membership
Oakland Tribune; August 18, 2005; Tara Ramroop, STAFF WRITER; 700+ words ...that makes a special effort to reach out to the LGBT community. The church was started in the late 1960s by the Rev. Troy Perry, an openly gay clergyman, in his Huntington Park home. The dozen or so members has ballooned to 43,000 in nearly...

Coming out in Christianity: Religion, Identity and Community.(Book Review)
Sociology of Religion; September 22, 2005; Neitz, Mary Jo; 700+ words ...California. The Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches is known as the largest "gay" denomination. Troy Perry, a gay minister, defrocked by his bishop in the Church of God in Prophecy when he revealed his homosexuality, founded...

Vision of Hope MCC is 25 years old
Intelligencer Journal Lancaster, PA; October 8, 2005; 622 words ...senior pastor of St. John's MCC in Raleigh, N.C. Refreshments will be served. Friday, 7 p.m. The Rev. Troy Perry will lead special worship. Refreshments will be served. Oct. 15, 10 a.m. to noon, Belva Boone will present a...

Troy Perry.(RESUME)(Biography)
The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine); November 8, 2005; 341 words Age: 65 Current employment: Reverend, speaker, and member of the board of trustees at Chicago Theological Seminary Work history: Stepped down in October as head of the predominantly gay Metropolitan Community Churches after founding the group 37 years ago and growing it to encompass 17 nations;

MCC church anniversary noted with worship, party.
The Pueblo Chieftain (Pueblo, Colorado); April 22, 2006; 512 words ...in 1968, of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches. The fellowship was founded by The Rev. Troy Perry, 27, a disenchanted and defrocked gay clergyman affiliated, then, with a Pentecostal church. The national church...

HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST TO SPEAK AT COLUMBIA BASIN COLLEGE
US Fed News Service, Including US State News; November 8, 2006; 292 words ...College issued the following news release: The author of "The Lord is My Shepherd and He Knows I'm Gay," Pastor Troy Perry, will speak at the Columbia Basin College HUB Monday, November 13, 10 a.m. Perry's activism has led to positions...

Differing Traditions Can Abide As One Through Good Works
The Washington Post; November 18, 2006; 520 words ...with people of faith from the Metropolitan Community Churches (the so-called gay denomination started by the Rev. Troy Perry) and learned many positive things about each other. This is the way that the "Not Even One" project by the Carter...

L.A. Confidential
The Washington Post; November 30, 2006; Charles Kaiser; 700+ words ...never mentions that this finding was at the heart of her work. Much more successful is the book's portrait of Troy Perry's Metropolitan Community Church, the first important gay church, started by 12 men in a Los Angeles living room in...

The rabbi and her wife: a pioneering lesbian rabbi, her wife and the first queer synagogue in the world.(Beth Chayim Chadashim )
Curve; December 1, 2006; Katz, Sue; 700+ words ...supported by the Metropolitan Community Church--the inaugural Christian LGBT institution, founded in Los Angeles by Troy Perry in 1968--Beth Chayim Chadashim's 15 Jewish pioneers held their first pink service in 1972, and with the aid of...

The Trouble with Normal
Seven Days; February 28, 2007; Levine, Judith; 700+ words ...C. To me, those wedding bells were tolling the death of a radical movement. At the march of 1987, the Reverend Troy Perry, of the Metropolitan Community Churches, had joined several thousand pairs as well - and I wasn't so thrilled then...

Commemorating the 30th anniversary of First-ever Meeting Between White House and Gay and Lesbian Leaders
US Fed News Service, Including US State News; March 26, 2007; 700+ words ...outside the White House gates so long, we wondered if there was an inside," recalled Pokey Anderson. Said Bishop Troy Perry of Metropolitan Community Church: "What I remember most about the White House meeting is that we were actually inside...

PROUD OF PRIDE
Boise Weekly; June 6, 2007; Atkins, Amy; 700+ words ...Church. MCCs are Christian churches that focus on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people started by Rev. Troy Perry in California in the late '60s. Since then, thousands of MCCs have opened up across the world, including the one...

Troy Perry's Pride: June 1970 Saw the Nation's First Gay Pride Parades. Metropolitan Community Church Founder Troy Perry Recalls L.A.'S Maiden March
The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine); June 19, 2007; 700+ words It all started in late May 1970 when Morris Kight called my home and asked me if I'd read The Advocate's article about the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City. He wanted us to meet up with the Reverend Bob Humphries to see if we could find a way to memorialize them in Los Angeles. Three nights

Pride across the U.S.: where to go, whom to see, and what to know for pride this season.(PRIDE 2007: geo guide to pride)(Calendar)
The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine); June 19, 2007; Ferber, Larry; 700+ words ...PRIDEFEST) JUNE 16 www.glccpgh.org/pridefest NEW YORK CITY JUNE 17-24 www.nycpride.org Grand Marshals: Bishop TroyPerry, founder of the Metropolitan Community Church, gay marriage activist, conductor of mass civil unions, and most likely...

Parade a blend of Bibles and boas
The Record (Bergen County, NJ); June 25, 2007; KAREN MATTHEWS, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS; 700+ words ...comfortable with gay marriage."Kleinbaum, who heads the world's largest predominantly gay synagogue, and the Rev. TroyPerry, founder of the Metropolitan Community Church, were the New York parade's grand marshals, waving from hers-and...

Religious Groups Take Lead for Gay Pride
AP Online; June 25, 2007; 700+ words ...comfortable with gay marriage." Kleinbaum, who heads the world's largest predominantly gay synagogue, and the Rev. Troy Perry, founder of the Metropolitan Community Church, were the New York parade's grand marshals, waving from hers-and...

Clarifications on homosexuality in the Bible.
Catholic Insight; July 1, 2007; 662 words ...distort the clear and traditional meaning of these verses. Certain earlier American propagandists, such as (Rev.) Troy Perryand Paul Varnell, identified Christian churches as the main source of opposition to their lifestyle. They decided to...

Scene.(Brief article)
Curve; May 1, 2008; 278 words ...in San Francisco 4 Hell Ride actor Leonor Varela at Queer Lounge 5 (From left) Partners Phillip DeBlieck and Rev. Troy Perry, attorney Gloria Allred and partners Robin Tyler and Diane Olson at Let California Ring Day of Visibility on Feb. 14...

California's high court legalizes gay marriage\
Post-Tribune (IN); May 16, 2008; The Associated Press; 700+ words THIS ELECTRONIC VERSION MAY DIFFER SLIGHTLY FROM PRINTED VERSIONFrom left: The Rev. Troy Perry and husband Phillip Ray De Blieck, couple Robin Tyler and Diane Olson and their attorney Gloria Allred holding Baby Milo Reifsnyder...

BAN ON GAY MARRIAGE INVALID COURT: JUSTICES RULE SAME-SEX COUPLES MUST HAVE EQUAL PROTECTION.(News)
Daily News (Los Angeles, CA); May 16, 2008; 700+ words ...to deal with the politics of today and with our presidential election, but we're not going away," said the Rev. Troy Perry of Los Angeles, a plaintiff in the first California case to challenge the law, part of a series of lawsuits heard by...

CALL ME TROY
The Stranger; May 22, 2008; Schmader, David; 261 words CALL ME TROY United States, 2007 (100 min.) DOC Dir. Scott Bloom Since the late 1960s, Reverend TroyPerry has been raising holy hell-performing the nation's first same-sex marriage in 1969, founding the nation's first gay church...

ROAD TRIPS
The Boston Globe (Boston, MA); May 28, 2008; Catherine Elcik; 655 words ...longing complete with musical-theater-style daydreams (Fri, 7:30 p.m.), to a documentary about the Rev. Troy Perry, a gay rights pioneer and founder of the Metropolitan Community Church (Saturday, 3 p.m.). Most of the features...

Leather Camp IV to bring Rev. Troy Perry
The Liberty Press; June 1, 2008; Anonymous; 410 words ...Camp IV! This year's Leather Camp, held Aug. 14-17 at the Clarion Hotel, will feature guest of honor the Rev. Troy Perry, founder of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches. Additional presenters will be author and lecturer...

Round One
Philadelphia Weekly; July 9, 2008; Prigge, Matt Beckerman, Jake Spikol, Liz Murtha, Tara Wells, Steven; 700+ words ...viewers who aren't already members of the Greek chorus of praise. Call Me Troy, a profile of Los Angeles' Rev. Troy Perry, founder of the first church specifically for gays and lesbians, succeeds because it tempers an insightful and intimate...

The Spirituality of Leather
The Liberty Press; August 1, 2008; Thomison, Brad; 700+ words Rev. Troy Perry returns to Wichita this time as a Leatherman WICHITA - In the month of...country. This year, they will be hosting a very special guest: Rev. Troy Perry, founder of the Metropolitan Community Churches and proud Leatherman...

Troy Perry calls Leather Camp IV "one of the best leather events" he's ever attended
The Liberty Press; September 1, 2008; Parker, Kristi; 544 words ...off, special guest speaker Rev. Troy Perry, best known as the founder of Metropolitan...International Leather Boy. Rev. Troy Perry's session entitled "Spirituality...Achievement award was given to Rev. Troy Perry for his nearly 40 years of activism...

Old boys, old band
Between the Lines; September 18, 2008; Alexander, Charles; 700+ words ...us. "Boys" opened - timely - one year before New York City's liberating Stonewall Riots. (The same year Rev. Troy Perry started the first gay lib church in Los Angeles.) Change was in the air. "Boys" was exciting on two counts. It...

Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches celebrates 40th anniversary
The Liberty Press; October 1, 2008; Kahabka, Mark; 579 words ...bisexual, and transgender children gathering in a church to freely worship. Oct. 6, 1968 - 12 people gathered at Troy Perry's house on a residential street in the Los Angeles suburb of Huntington Park for the first service of Metropolitan...

Quotable & notable.(IN THE BEGINNING)
National Catholic Reporter; November 14, 2008; 350 words ...program "Democracy Now!" "I'm not pleased, but I'm not bitter about it. I'm a Christian." --The Rev. TroyPerry, who founded the predominately gay Metropolitan Community Church in Los Angeles in 1968, about the victory of California...

Has there been a gay leader comparable to Harvey Milk since Milk's death?(THE ADVOCATE POLL)(Brief article)
The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine); December 16, 2008; 325 words ...forcefully for gay rights and done as much to combat homophobia and prejudice." "Even a better role model and leader: Troy Perry." "What makes Harvey special is that he stood out during a time when being gay was still a negative." "Larry Kramer...

Polemic church will celebrate anniversary
The Gazette (Colorado Springs, CO); July 9, 2009; MARK BARNA; 353 words ...Friday the 115-member church will kick off a three-day anniversary celebration that includes a talk by the Rev. Elder Troy Perry, who founded the denomination 40 years ago. In the 30 years it has been in Colorado Springs, the MCC has been a religious...

Los Angeles attorney helped further gay rights.(Local)
The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, VA); September 7, 2009; 570 words ...2006 book "Gay L.A." "Before there was a straight-gay alliance in America, there was Al Gordon," the Rev. Troy Perry, a longtime activist and founder of the Metropolitan Community Churches, said . "When other people wouldn't touch...

Numerous LGBT leaders endorse National Equality March
Between the Lines; September 10, 2009; Anonymous; 700+ words ...NEM include: C. Weldon Gaddy (Interfaith Alliance); Mitchell Gold (Faith in America); MCC Church Founder Rev. Troy Perry; President of Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis and Soul Force Freedom Ride Founder, Jake Reitan; and LGBT/Labor...

S/he said
Between the Lines; September 24, 2009; Israel, Howard; 700+ words ...alliance in America, there was Al Gordon. When other people wouldn't touch us, he did. He was a hero." - Rev. Troy Perry, remembering Albert L. Gordon, a dedicated attorney in Los Angeles, who helped advance gay rights by challenging...

Pride of the West: after 40 years L.A. Pride organizers recognize how far they've come.(ADVANCE / TRAVEL)
The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine); June 1, 2010; 416 words ...anniversary celebration, they plan to take it back to its roots. On June 1, CSW president Rodney Scott and the Reverend Troy Perry, the last living organizer of the first parade, will lay flowers at the bronze plaque marking the starting point of...

Film documents L.A.'s gay rights legacy
Press-Telegram; September 30, 2010; Phillip Zonkel; 700+ words ...the men, who were let go three hours later. "On These Shoulders We Stand" also shows how these two raids inspired Troy Perry to form the Metropolitan Community Church, one of the first churches in the nation to outreach to the GLBT community...

Wichita's First Metropolitan Community Church marks 35th anniversary.
The Liberty Press; November 1, 2010; Bradshaw, Mark David; 700+ words ...The Metropolitan Community Church is a Protestant denomination first founded in Los Angeles in 1968 by the Rev. Troy Perry, who wanted gay people to be able to worship freely. Perry performed same-sex marriages as early as 1970, and the...

Topeka MCC to celebrate 30 years.(Metropolitan Community Church)
The Liberty Press; February 1, 2011; Padilla, Kristina; 686 words ...a 7pm screening o f Call Me Troy, a documentary on the life of Rev. Troy Perry, founder of the Metropolitan Community Church denomination. Saturday...Service will start at 9:55am and will include a sermon by Rev. Elder Troy Perry.

L.A. activists pioneered sexual orientation rights
Press-Telegram; April 7, 2011; Phillip Zonkel; 360 words ...issues affecting gay men, such as police entrapment. Mattachine refers to medieval jesters who performed behind masks. Troy Perry In 1968, Perry, a Pentecostal minister, formed one of the nation's first gay-friendly churches, the Los Angeles...

MAYOR VILLARAIGOSA KICKS-OFF CITY'S FIRST EVER LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER HERITAGE MONTH.
States News Service; June 3, 2011; 700+ words ...Villaraigosa also recognized three LGBT trailblazers: Reverend Troy Perry, Chad Griffin and Wanda Sykes. "It is important to...that catered to gay congregants (by our honoree Rev. Troy Perry!) In 1970 Christopher Street West held the first PRIDE...

CITY PRESENTS "ON THESE SHOULDERS WE STAND" FOR ONE CITY/ONE PRIDE CULTURE SERIES.
States News Service; June 24, 2011; 546 words ...groundbreaking activism for the rights of all LGBT people. Among those featured are LGBT activist Ivy Bottini, the Reverend Troy Perry and Los Angeles Times film critic Kevin Thomas. Countering the popular belief that the early gay rights movement was...

CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD PRESENTS 'ON THESE SHOULDERS WE STAND' FOR ONE CITY/ONE PRIDE CULTURE SERIES
US Fed News Service, Including US State News; June 27, 2011; 572 words ...groundbreaking activism for the rights of all LGBT people. Among those featured are LGBT activist Ivy Bottini, the Reverend Troy Perry and Los Angeles Times film critic Kevin Thomas. Countering the popular belief that the early gay rights movement was...

Faith groups unite to back gay weddings
The Herald; September 29, 2011; ROBBIE DINWOODIE; 700+ words ...who wish a religious ceremony. LGBT folks should be entitled to the same marriage options as other folk." The Rev Troy Perry, who founded the Metropolitan Community Church in Los Angeles in 1968, spoke of how he had been forced to go to Toronto...

Gay or straight: It's time to redefine marriage
The Herald; October 3, 2011; Rosemary Goring; 700+ words ...and living with his partner, last week championed the idea of allowing homosexuals to marry. A few days later, Rev Troy Perry, visiting Scotland from Canada, added his endorsement. Founder of the Metropolitan Community Church, Mr Perry once...

Blazers' QB making strides -- Pressed into service, Perry keys only win
The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN); November 11, 2011; Phil Stukenborg; 700+ words ...starter Bryan Ellis and displaying the poise and leadership of a veteran. In his first career start Oct. 1 against TroyPerry passed for 196 yards in a one-point loss. He made a lasting impression a few weeks later against defending C-USA...

PFLAG National Recognizes Straight Allies in Entertainment, Faith and the Workplace
Manufacturing Close-Up; April 8, 2012; 700+ words ...Deputy Mayor for Government Affairs and Communications, Howard Wolfson, and Metropolitan Community Church Founder Rev. Troy Perry. Each of the evening's honorees has been a leader in their field, creating a trail as straight allies to the GLBT...

PFLAG National Honors Straight Allies in Entertainment, Faith and the Workplace.
Politics & Government Week; April 19, 2012; 700+ words ...Deputy Mayor for Government Affairs and Communications, Howard Wolfson, and Metropolitan Community Church Founder Rev. Troy Perry. Each of the evening's honorees has been a leader in their field, blazing a trail as straight allies to the GLBT...

Stepping Up for Equality at March; Seattle Pride Parade; Fun -- and Marriage Vote -- on Minds
The Seattle Times (Seattle, WA); June 25, 2012; 700+ words ...shirts and tossing green rubber wedding bands to onlookers stacked four-deep in some spots along the route. The Rev. Troy Perry, a pioneering gay activist, traveled from Los Angeles to exhort Washington's gay community and its supporters to...

'Gay in the Eyes of God': Radio Program Explores Views of 12 Traditions
National Catholic Reporter; August 17, 2012; Fiedler, Maureen; 700+ words ...full members of their faith communities. We began by exploring the early pioneers of change. I interviewed the Rev. Troy Perry, founder of the Metropolitan Community Church (sometimes called the "gay church"). He launched that denomination...

Leather Life
The Liberty Press; September 1, 2012; Christensen, Nolin; 700+ words ...there were Leathermen in the bar. Alongside the drag queens, they fought the NYPD. And the founder of MCC, Rev. Troy Perry himself, was a Leatherman. Out of the Closet When the Village People came onto the scene in 1977, it started a culture...

Do US gays need a church of their own anymore?
AP Worldstream; January 1, 2013; By RACHEL ZOLL; 700+ words On that Sunday in 1968 when Troy Perry borrowed a minister's robe and started a church for gays in his living room, the world was a very different place.His Metropolitan...

Do gays need a church of their own anymore?
AP Online; January 1, 2013; By RACHEL ZOLL; 700+ words On that Sunday in 1968 when Troy Perry borrowed a minister's robe and started a church for gays in his living room, the world was a very different place.Perry's Metropolitan...

Are Gay Churches Needed Any More?
The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN); January 2, 2013; Zoll, Rachel; 493 words On that Sunday in 1968 when Troy Perry borrowed a minister's robe and began a church for gays in his living room, the world was a very different place.Perry's...

Do Gays Still Need a Church of Their Own?
The Charleston Gazette (Charleston, WV); January 2, 2013; Zoll, Rachel; 700+ words On that Sunday in 1968 when Troy Perry borrowed a minister's robe and started a church for gays in his living room, the world was a very different place.Perry...

Exhibit Explores Historical Roots of Gay Rights Movement in Long Beach
Press-Telegram; February 22, 2013; Zonkel, Phillip; 700+ words ...drag queens, but also men dancing together and more than one person at a time in the bathrooms.That month, in 1968, Troy Perry, 28, and his date, Tony Valdez, 21, went to The Patch, which was located on Pacific Coast Highway.Valdez was...

"Scissor Mechanism and Method of Use" in Patent Application Approval Process,
Politics & Government Week; August 8, 2013; 700+ words ...patent application by the inventors Paulk, Joseph (Jacksonville, FL); Thompson, William (Perry, FL); Thompson, Troy (Perry, FL), filed on July 13, 2012, was made available online on July 25, 2013, according to news reporting originating...

Patent Issued for Swing Support Mobilization Lift,
Journal of Engineering; December 18, 2013; 700+ words ...VerticalNews journalists report that a patent by the inventors Arensdorf, Brad (Jacksonville, FL); Thompson, Troy (Perry, FL); Thompson, William (Perry, FL), filed on June 4, 2010, was published online on December 3, 2013. The...

Former Long Beach Resident Lee Glaze Was a Pioneer in the Fight for Gay Rights,
Press-Telegram; February 3, 2014; Zonkel, Phillip; 700+ words ...lewd conduct. The men had only been talking to each other and one of the patrons slapped the other man on the butt, Troy Perry, who was at the Patch that night, told the Press- Telegram in 2012.Glaze told the crowd that The Patch would post...

Remembering 'Honey Combs',
Between the Lines; March 27, 2014; Alexander, Charles; 700+ words ...about us."Boys" opened timely one year before New York City's liberating Stonewall Riots. (The same year Rev. Troy Perry started the first gay-lib Metropolitan Community Church in Los Angeles.) Change was in the air."Boys" was exciting...

New Anthony Friedkin Photo Exhibit Captures Dawn of Gay Rights Era
Oakland Tribune; June 13, 2014; Gilbert, Andrew; 700+ words ...through hanging around foundational gay organizations such as the Gay Liberation Front's Survival Committee and the Rev. Troy Perry's Metropolitan Community Church. He was on the scene in 1970 to shoot the first Christopher Street West Parade in...

Band Tunes Remembered
Between the Lines; August 14, 2014; Alexander, Charles; 700+ words ...us."Boys" opened - timely - one year before New York City's liberating Stonewall Riots. (The same year Rev. Troy Perry started the first Metropolitan Community Church in Los Angeles.) Change was in the air. "Boys" was exciting on two...