MCC in the News: 2010s

Discover information and stories about Metropolitan Community Churches from 2010 – 2019 by clicking on one of the years below:

30 Years and the Thousand Voices of Pride Boise Weekly Idaho (U.S.)
After the September 11 attacks, Knoxville found strength, shared pain through faith| Archives Knox News Tennessee (U.S.)
AG Candidate Vows to Defend State Funding for Anti-LGBT Adoption Agencies Jackson Free Press Mississippi (U.S.)
Albuquerque church vandalized three times in one week KRQE New Mexcio (U.S.)
Changing outlooks on immigration in the United States Local DVM Maryland (U.S.)
Church reaching beyond pews to help with disability applications Local DVM Maryland (U.S.)
Councillor Alexandra Phillips, will be the guest speaker at The Village MCC Pride Service, on Sunday, August 4. GScene Brighton and Hove (England)
Dayton Shooting: Vigil downtown makes ‘Dayton is Strong’ message clear WHIO Ohio (U.S.)
Divine Peace MCC’s New Pastor Set on Embracing Spirituality and Making Church a Brave, Safe Space Between the Lines: Pride Source Michigan (U.S.)
Fundraiser held for indigenous people in the Dakotas affected by flooding (VIDEO) KWQC Iowa (U.S.)
Harán iglesia para la comunidad gay LATarde Reynosa (México)
Haters gonna hate’: Swastikas painted over an LGBT flag at a church – but its leaders ‘shake it off’ by quoting ‘the great prophet’ Taylor Swift Daily Mail Brisbane (Australia)
How religious groups clashed over LGBTQ+ rights at Pride 2019 The Rappler Metro Manila (Phillippines)
I WANT TO BELIEVE: Church celebrates Christ, Pride and progressive culture alibi New Mexico (U.S.)
I’m myself now’: What it’s like to come out as gay later in life CBC Ottawa (Canada)
Iglesia cubana afirmativa para personas LGBTIQ+ cumple cuatro años Cuba News Matanzas (Cuba)
Interfaith service promises to remember Cape Gazette Delaware (U.S.)
Kirche für Schwule und Lesben?! Ines-Paul Baumann über die MCC Cologne Sommerblut Kulturfestival Köln (Deutschland)
LGBTQ Christians in Wisconsin look for a faith home WTMJ Wisconsin (U.S.)
LGBTQ church vandalized six times in two weeks KOB 4 New Mexico (U.S.)
LGBTQ push for non-discrimination ordinance in Mobile will require city, not county, support Alabama (U.S.)
Local faith leaders come together to support Lehigh Valley Muslim community WFMZ Pennsylvania (U.S.)
Los movimientos fundamentalistas cristianos han mutado como los virus Medium Matanzas (Cuba)
  • MCC Church founder to donate artifacts to Smithsonian

    U.S. – Rev. Elder Troy Perry, founder of the Metropolitan Community Churches, the first Christian denomination with a primary ministry to the LGBT community, is donating a collection of artifacts from the church’s 51-year history to the Smithsonian Institution.

MCC leader condemns Trump’s racist tweets QNotes U.S.
MPLS Pastor commemorates 50 years since Stonewall Riot KARE 11 MInnesota (U.S.)
Nicht Mann und nicht Frau, das ist genau mein Ding, Halleluja! Der Spiegel Köln (Deutschland)
Overlooked No More: Bill Larson, Who Became a Symbol of Gay Loss in New Orleans New York Times Louisiana (U.S.)
Parents of Matthew Shepard, murdered for being gay, to speak in Toronto Toronto Star Toronto (Canada)
Pastora lésbica promove inclusão e igualdade de direitos em igreja LGBTQI+ em Cuba RFI Havana (Cuba)
PHOTO ESSAY: Clash between cops, refugees leaves woman screaming ‘just kill us’ IOL Cape Town (South Africa)
Pride in protest The Guidon Metro Manila (Phillippines)
  • Piden no ser portadores de odio y exclusión

    Querétaro (Mexico) – Integrantes de la Iglesia de la Comunidad Metropolitana hicieron un llamado a los líderes religosos a detener las campañas que desde los altares y púlpitos de sus iglesias, se están realizando en contra de los derechos de las mujeres y de la comunidad LGBTTTIQ

  • Portland Pride Parade shines with rainbow-colored love

    Oregon (U.S.) – “We are always present at Pride,” [said Rev. Nathan Meckley, who…was there representing Metropolitan Community Church] “It still is news to a lot of people that you can be queer and you can be a person of faith.”

  • Remembering the LGBT victims and heroes of 9/11

    California (U.S.) – Renee Barrett, injured in the September 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, died on October 18 of her injuries. Barrett was a member of Metropolitan Community Church of New York. She left….

SJC recebe a visita da representante das Igrejas da Comunidade Metropolitanan Sao-Paulo-Governo-do-Estado São Paulo (Brazil)
Slain trans woman remembered at service Washington Blade D.C. (U.S.)
The long road to LGBTQ equality The Express Pennsylvania (U.S.)
The Religious Roots of Pride Rappler U.S.
The Transgender Day of Remembrance: So Much Loss, So Much to Keep Fighting For Daily Beast Connecticut (U.S)
The U.K. Is Using Religion to Discriminate Against LGBTQ+ Refugees Out England
This Church in Mandaluyong Embraces All Kinds of Love Mandaluyong City (Philippines)
TIMELINE: SOGIE equality in the Philippines The Rappler Manila (Phillippines)
Tres posturas de las iglesias cubanas frente a los derechos de las personas LGBTIQ+ Medium Matanzas (Cuba)
Tri-Cities homeless and the opioid crisis. These forums will look for answers Tri-City Herald Washington (U.S.)
  • Two churches, pantry solidify partnership to provide safety net

    Washington (U.S.) – “Being in covenant is like being in a warm, therapeutic relationship where I trust you and you trust me,” said the Rev. Ken Kerr, pastor of Metropolitan Community Church of the Gentle Shepherd. “I believe that’s what Christ calls us to be as ministries, in touch with each other.”

  • Una chiesa aperta a tutte e tutti

    Brianza (Italia) – Scomunicato per aver fatto coming out, Mario Bonfanti – ex prete cattolico – è ora pastore della Metropolitan Community Church.

  • Wie queer ist der liebe Gott?

    Köln (Deutschland) – Glaube und Sexualität – ein Spannungsfeld? Dieser Annahme wollen wir auf den Zahn fühlen! Dafür sprechen wir mit Daniel Großer von der Metropolitan Community Church – einer Kirche, die offen für Vielfalt in Geschlechteridentitäten, Gottesbildern und sexueller Orientierung ist.

Conectas Direitos Humanos (novembro 2019) – Alexya Salvador, ativista LGBTI e primeira pastora trans do Brasil, fala sobre a importância da construção de um cristianismo inclusivo e acolhedor e do papel da ICM (Igrejas da Comunidade Metropolitana) na luta por igualdade e na defesa dos direitos humanos.

  • A local church in support of the transgender community

    Iowa (U.S.) – “The Metropolitan Community Church in Davenport is inviting the community to join them on their rally oppossing the Administration’s plan to create a legal definition of gender as one determined at birth….”

  • A New Vision for the Church | Queer from the Couch

    Toronto (Canada) – Rev. Jeff Rock of MCC Toronto meets with Justin Gerhard from “Queer from the Couch.” Rock talks about building a new kind of church, one that is inclusive, creates community, acceptance, and is a place to find support and connection.

Bethlehem council backs ban on conversion therapy Morning Call Pennsylvania (U.S.)
Carter, Aliveness Project to be honored for social justice, GLBTQ inclusion efforts Chicago Tribune Illinois (U.S.)
Historic City Council Election in Roanoke The Roanoke Star Virginia (U.S.)
Inclusive Justice Brings LGBTQ Conference to MCC-D Between the Lines Michigan (U.S.)
  • La iglesia en Cuba donde Dios ama a los gai

    La Habana (Cuba) – Son las seis de la tarde del lunes dos de septiembre del año dieciocho. Al interior de un pequeño departamento del Vedado, la pastora Elaine Saralegui oficia el culto de una denominación cristiana que acepta a las personas no heteronormativas, a las poliamorosas, a las que creen en otros dioses.

  • MCC Honors Transgender Youth Activist with ‘Seth Tooley Day’

    Michigan (U.S.) – “Seth is a fine young man who has just blossomed into an activist, said Rev. Dr. Roland Stringfellow, MCC-D’s senior pastor and teacher. “He’s almost like an accidental activist,” Stringfellow said. “But when he recognized how he was treated, and how other young people were being treated as objects rather than people he decided to speak up.”

  • Minnesota clergy members lead the way in new Poor People's Campaign

    MInnesota (U.S.) – “We’ve been praying, talking and writing letters [to legislators] for years, and we’ll continue doing that,” said the Rev. DeWayne Davis of All God’s Children Metropolitan Community Church in Minneapolis, a co-chair of the Minnesota campaign. “But if we just did what we’ve always done, would people come out and listen to the voices of people impacted by poverty?”

Pride in Pictures 1970: LA Pride welcomes the Metropolitan Community Church LGBTQ Nation (U.S.)
Pride in Pictures 2000: Sylvia Rivera & our transgender leaders LGBTQ Nation New York (U.S.)
Sanford Army Chaplain fights for husband, who is facing deportation to Honduras ABC 11 North Carolina (U.S.)
Show of pride: Baton Rouge’s Pride Fest continues to grow, expects 14,000 for 2018 festival The Advocate Louisiana (U.S.)
  • Social Success at First Veteran LGBTQ Event in Omaha

    Nebraska (U.S.) – The VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System can check the mark for a successful event at the first social gathering of local Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender and Questioning Veterans and the public who came out to listen about health care and support, July 14 at the Metropolitan Community Church in Omaha.

South Carolina: Author Presentation, Dem Pride, Bingo Glitters QNotes South Carolina (U.S.)
Terror and grace: Kevin Hatt’s 34-year journey with HIV Ottawa News Canada
The murder of Anthony Adams: A four-decade-old mystery that Salt Lake City police are still investigating Salt Lake Tribune Utah (U.S.)
Topeka pastor preparing for European LGBT conference Topeka Capital Journal Kansas (U.S.)
Vigil For Victims Of Alleged Serial Killer Bruce McArthur | Metropolitan Community Church LGBT Canada In The Media Toronto (Canada)
Vigil protesting family separation held in Brookfield Riverside Brookfield Landmark Virginia (U.S.)
Have a Little Faith Tuscon Weekly Arizona (U.S.)
Designers, volunteers gave their time so kids in need could call CASA a second home Denver Post Colorado (U.S.)
Metropolitan Community Church Illiana hosting Transgender Day of Remembrance vigil Indiana (U.S.)
Bringing light to the domestic and sexual violence QuadCities Iowa (U.S.)
Court upholds ruling for Miss. anti-LGBT law — but there’s stinging dissent Washington Blade Mississippi (U.S.)
“Coming Out Week” coming to SIUE RiverBender Missouri (U.S.)
Offer prayers for Las Vegas victims. But don’t stop there Baptist News Global Nevada (U.S.)
Metropolitan Community Church of New York Rap at Pride 2017 nycparadelife New York (U.S.)
Faith and freedom for LGBTI people | Faith Matters New York (U.S.)
Commentary: Utah clergy respond to Nashville statement Salt Lake Tribune Utah (U.S.)
World Aids Day at Metropolitan Community Church (Richmond) Erica Dabney (VCU News) Virginia (U.S.)
Milwaukee Metropolitan Church Offers Light for the Holidays Shepherd Express Wisconsin (U.S.)
  • Eine Ökumene der besonderen Art

    Stuttgart (Deutschland) – Menschen, die anderswo Ablehnung erlebt haben, sind hier willkommen: In der Gemeinde „Salz der Erde“, einer von drei „Metropolitan Community Churches“ in Deutschland.

  • “Jesus Cristo foi o primeiro trans”, diz a 1ª pastora transgênera da América Latina

    São Paulo (Brasil) – Conhecida como a “Igreja dos Direitos Humanos”, a ICM foi criada em 1968 nos Estados Unidos e em 2003 chegou no estado do Rio de Janeiro para alguns anos depois se instalar em um espaço modesto no bairro da Santa Cecília, na capital paulista mais estruturada. O objetivo da igreja é abraçar a população LGBTQ, que não costuma ter espaço no cristianismo tradicional. A ICM aceita casamentos homoafetivos, conta com drag queens em seus eventos e, entre seus pregadores, está Alexya, a primeira pastora transgênera da América Latina.

  • Ser cristiano y homosexual

    España – La relación entre Cristianismo y homosexualidad siempre ha sido tensa. Y esta tensión es más difícil para las personas que pertenecen a ambos colectivos, que muchas veces tienen que resolver un dilema mayor: conjugar su sexualidad con su religión.

  • Top 5 Openly Gay and Allied Christian Musicians

    U.S. – A few years following her coming out, [Marsha Stevens] joined the LGBT-friendly Metropolitan Community Church as an active member. Since then, she has written songs for their general conferences for the past two decades.

  • “Seksuaalivähemmistöjen MCC-kirkko aloitti toimintansa Suomessa

    Helsinki (Suomessa) – Seksuaali- ja sukupuolivähemmistöjen kirkkona tunnettu Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) aloitti toimintansa Suomessa. Elävä vesi MCC Helsinki -seurakunnan pastori Tarja Pyykkö on tehnyt pitkän uran kirkon nuorisotyössä….

  • Celebra Casa de Luz 18 años de dar esperanza

    Monterrey (México) – Con la voluntad de recibir a aquellos que tienen el corazón herido, la comunidad cristiana, Casa de Luz, celebra 18 años de ser una opción para la comunidad LGBT que busca continuar profesando su fe en el Evangelio sin sentirse excluido y rechazado.


  • Faith in a Time of Politics

    (United States) – As a global leader for Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), I have learned that it is easy to let these negative realities bog us down. To make matters even more challenging, sometimes out of our sense of powerlessness, we take our frustrations out on each other—whether in worshipping communities or our families.


Metropolitan Community Church shares reaction to Orlando Shooting WSLS Florida (U.S.)
Sateenkaarikirkon pappi: “Uskonnolliset yhteisöt antavat usein ymmärtää, ettei voi olla kristitty ja homoseksuaali” Uutiset Helsinki (Suomessa)
Entramos a un templo en la CDMX ¡donde el pastor es gay TVnotas Mexico City (México)
HB2: Bathroom Politics Sanction Discrimination Huffington Post United States
Freikirchen: Die Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) Deutschland
  • The Charleston Massacre

    (United States) – As the global moderator for Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), founded to welcome LGBTQ people, we know what it is to have our people murdered and our churches burned. We know that these acts are acts of terrorism are based on hate and intended to dominate whole swaths of people.



      Sydney (Australia) – The Metropolitan Community Church in Sydney this year celebrated its 40th anniversary, at a time when LGBTI communities themselves face uncertainty.

    • Ted Talk on Spiritual and Sexuality

      Toronto (Canada) – Spirituality and sexuality. You can have both. As the Pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto, Rev. Hawkes has been at the forefront of ministry to the Gay & Lesbian Community in Toronto.

    • Marriage equality: 'We did it'

      Florida (U.S.) – The Rev. Elder Diane Fisher of Gentle Shepherd Metropolitan Community Church officiated during the ceremony, believed to have been the first legal gay wedding in Tallahassee.

    I Want Your Job: Reverend Kevin Downer, Queer-Friendly Clergyman Torontoist Toronto (Canada)
    Rally at Metropolitan Community Church of Our Redeemer YouTube Georgia (U.S.)
    Inflatable Pride Jesus Spreads Message that ‘God is Love, And Love Wins’ The Block Club Illinois (U.S.)
    Jackie Carter, pastor Metropolitan Community Church (Kansas) talks about marriage equality Wichita Eagle Kansas (U.S.)
    Metropolitan Community Church Hosts National Night Out KMTV 3 News Now Nebraska (U.S.)
    Hetero und homo – eine Kirchengemeinde für alle Welt Köln (Deutschland)
    Le confessioni di un (ex) prete gay: “Umiliato dalla Chiesa che amavo” Il Giorno Merate (Italia)

    Ngeo Boon Lin: Being gay and Christian The Jakarta Post New York (U.S.)
    Gay, transgender band breaks barriers in Christian music Religious News Service North Carolina (U.S.)
    It’s Time: Rev Jane Clarke, Metropolitan Community Church LGBTI Scotland Glasgow (Scotland)
    Myke and Gregory: Chance to love Outrage Baguio City (Philippines)
    Wende Ballew confronts her anger in a Texas prison, makes peace with a rapist, discovers the healing power of theater and finds her life’s mission. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution U.S.
    Newcastle LGBT church celebrates 20 years BBC Newscastle (England)
    HRC’s Clergy Call 2011: Elder Nancy Wilson HRC U.S.
    Metropolitan Community Church San Francisco Zwhaler California (U.S)

    (BBC News Brasil – 2017) – Em 2012, Alexya Salvador assumiu sua nova identidade e, desde então, vem sendo pioineira, como primeira trans a adotar uma criança no Brasil e líder religiosa de comunidade cristã.

    (C7 Noticias de Verdad – México – 2014) – Luego de varios años como sacerdote católico, el reverendon Héctor Gutiérrez se integró a la Iglesia de la Comunidad Metropolitana….Tanto él, que ahora es Obispo de ICM, como otros pastores de diversos cultos consideran que las iglesias tradicionales se han inclinado por políticas discriminatorias para con los grupos de la diversidad sexual. Por ello, crearon este tipo de devociones que no sólo reciben a la comunidad LGBT, sino a padres de familia divorciados o familias no convencionales.


    (vega – São Paulo, Brasil -2010 ) – Augusto Nunes entrevista Cristiano Valério, reverendo da Comunidade Metropolitana, em São Paulo. Ele conta como é a celebração do casamento entre gays, em sua comunidade.