Come As You Are

At Austin's LGBT church, all are welcome.

At Austin's LGBT church, all are welcome.

MCC members Donna Holman, left, and Mary Rostrom, right, have been attending MCC Austin for 30 years. They recently celebrated their 37th anniversary together. PHOTO BY JEN REEL

The Metropolitan Community Church of Austin has trumpeted the message of radical inclusion since it opened its doors more than 30 years ago. The church began in 1968 as a place of worship for the LGBTQ community. The first service included just 12 people gathered in a tiny Los Angeles living room. Four decades later, more than 43,000 people in 22 countries and from different faiths claim MCC as their place of worship.Though each congregation is unique, the core message remains the same—everyone is welcome.

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Jen Reel was an Observer intern before joining the staff in July 2010, first as Web Content Manager, and most recently as Multimedia Editor. She left the Observer in 2017.

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