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Rev. Troy Perry, Pioneer,
to Speak at Yale Divinity School

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New Haven Connecticut-- The Reverend Troy Perry, an openly gay cleric, human rights activist and Founder and Moderator of the predominantly gay Metropolitan Community Churches, will speak at Yale Divinity School of Yale University on Friday, September 13, 2002.

Reverend Perry will preach at the Chapel Service of Yale Divinity School and will participate in a question and answer session with Yale students during an informal luncheon.

Later in the day he will make a formal presentation to Yale students addressing "The Role of the Church in the Gay Civil Rights Movement."

On Sunday, September 15, Reverend Perry will preach at Metropolitan Community Church of New Haven, where Reverend Susan Heiskell is the senior pastor. Details are available on the Internet at www.mccnh.org.

Perry, who founded Metropolitan Community Churches in 1968 with a positive, affirming ministry to gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender persons and their enlightened friends and allies, is a past delegate to the White House Conference on Hate Crimes during the Clinton Administration and was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees of Chicago Theological Seminary.

Today Metropolitan Community Churches is made up of almost 300 local congregations in 22 countries, and has 52,000 members and adherents. The MCC movement has an annual operating budget of $20 million (USD), more than 90% of which is reinvested in the communities in which local churches operate.
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