The Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), later the Universal Fellowship Metropolitan Community Church (UFMCC), was founded by the Reverend Mr. Troy Perry in 1968. From their website, "Founded in 1968, Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) has been at the vanguard of civil and human rights movements by addressing issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, economics, climate change, aging, and global human rights. MCC was the first to perform same-gender marriages and has been on the forefront of the struggle towards marriage equality in the USA and other countries worldwide." (MCC website accessed 2019 December 13)
This series contains photographs from the Perry family, MCC events, materials related to and developed by the HIV/AIDS ministry under the direction of the Reverend Mr. A. Stephen Pieters. There are also publications, anniversary books, a program from the 2019 convention in Orlando, Florida and a 1993 typescript of MCC history.
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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution