MEXICO CITY, Oct 14, 2010 (IPS) – Alejandro González left the Catholic Church to join the gay-supportive Metropolitan Community Churches in Mexico, in search of a more open and tolerant place of worship.
"I switched to be genuine, and so there would be no gap between what I preach and what I live," González told IPS. "The church’s message must not be one of finger-pointing and condemnation, but of acceptance."
Seven months ago, González became pastor of the "Casa de Luz" Church, affiliated with the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey.
The first MCC was founded in 1968 by gay rights activist Troy Perry in Los Angeles, California, in response to the strong homophobia in other churches.
The denomination, which is in the mainline Protestant tradition, specifically reaches out to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. It is considered the first Christian church to have recognised the necessity of ministering to the needs of LGBT people around the world.
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