He founded the Metropolitan Community Church, later to become a world-wide denomination, and was its Moderator for 37 years. He now travels extensively, proclaiming the Good News to ALL of God's children, and hammers home the fact that God doesn't have any step-children, God doesn't make any mistakes, and Jesus came to take away our sins and not our sexuality.
He's my friend and, unbeknownst to him, a major motivator for my own ministry. Unfortunately, there has, in my opinion, been a retrogression in the LGBT Civil Rights movement since he founded MCC; a retrogression into pageants, pride parades, hateful epithets used as self-identifiers, etc.
Many of these symptoms and causes of retardation of this civil rights movement began as positive phenomena when it was necessary for LGBT people to have a consciousness of kind, a sense of belonging, and even an in-your-face vocabulary to insulate themselves from the tremendous hurt visited upon them by the oppressor.
However, those days are long past, those tactics are long unnecessary and, in fact, are counterproductive.
Hear Rev. Perry give some of his many words of wisdom in the following brief video.
Also, I strongly urge you to read, and buy, his books: "The Lord is my Shepherd and He Knows I'm Gay"; "Don't Be Afraid Anymore." Also, read the book about him and the MCC entitled, "Troy Perry: Pastor and Prophet.
Here is the brief video:
Just one more brief video. I couldn't help myself. Hear Rev. Troy Perry's words and call to fighting the good fight for equality for LGBT people, in honor of Sgt. Leonard Matlovich: