Troy Perry | Austin Chronicle | 14338
Troy Deroy Perry Jr was born on July 27, 1940. He founded the Metropolitan Community Church in Los Angeles on October 6, 1968. Perry put an advertisement in The Advocate announcing a worship service designed for gays in LA. Twelve people turned up for the first service, and by 1971, their own building was dedicated with over a thousand members in attendance.
Troy Perry | Unite the Fight | 14339
Rev. Perry’s activism includes the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations in 1973, opposing Anita Bryant in the Save the Children campaign in 1977, opposing the Briggs Initiative in California (to ensure gay and lesbian teachers would be fired or prohibited from working in California public schools) in 1978, and helped plan the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights in 1979.
In 1978 he was honored by the American Civil Liberties Union Lesbian and Gay Rights Chapter with its Humanitarian Award. He holds a number of honorary doctorates. Rev. Perry was invited to the White House in 1977 by President Jimmy Carter to discuss gay and lesbian civil rights, and by President Bill Clinton in 1995 for the first White House Conference on HIV/AIDS. In 1997 he was invited to the first White House Conference on Hate Crimes. The Reverend Elder Nancy Wilson succeeded him at an installation service on 29 October 2005. Perry remains active.