44 Years of MCC Toronto

1973

A petition is sent to Rev. Troy Perry in Los Angeles requesting a Metropolitan Community Church in Toronto.

1974

Rev. Bob Wolfe confronts Toronto City Council about the problem of homophobia in the city’s newspapers and the challenges facing LGBTQ youth.

1975

MCC Toronto rents a home on Granby St. and sets up a counselling centre, The Gay Community Services.

1977

Rev. Brent Hawkes becomes Senior Pastor of MCC Toronto.

1978

MCC congregations hold services across Canada concurrent with and in opposition to anti-gay rallies that featured Anita Bryant.

1981

Toronto police raid 4 gay bathhouses and arrest over 300 men. Rev. Brent Hawkes begins a 25 day hunger strike on the steps of the Ontario Legistature calling for an inquiry.

1981

The Ontario Legislature considers a motion to amend the Ontario Human Rights Code to include sexual orientation as a protected category. When the debate was turning against LGBTQ rights, Rev. Hawkes led an act of civil disobedience, disrupting the legislature.

1986

Sexual orientation receives protection under the Ontario Human Rights Code. MCC Toronto obtains 25 signatures from religious leaders to support the amendment.

1990

MCC Toronto expands its AIDSCARE program to more than 100 individuals in homes served by 140 volunteers.

1991

MCC Toronto outgrows our Gerrard St. church and purchases our current church at 115 Simpson Ave.

1994

MCC Toronto begins a partnership with the TDSB to sponsor the Triangle Program, a safe learning space for LGBTQ youth.

1996

MCC Toronto intervenes in the case of Egan vs. Canada, seeking equality of same-sex rights under the Old Age Security Act.

1999

Rev. Hawkes testifies in a landmark case, leading to a decision by the Supreme Court that affirms the rights of same-sex couples to equal treatment under the Constitution.

2000

Rev. Brent Hawkes reads the first “banns” for two same-sex couples. A bann is a notice read out on three successive Sundays in a church, announcing an intended marriage and giving the opportunity for objections.

2001

On January 14, two same-sex couples are wed in a double ceremony at MCC Toronto, eventually recognized as the first legal same-sex marriages anywhere in the world.

Rev Hawkes is awarded a Doctorate of Ministry from Trinity College at the University of Toronto.

2003

Rev. Troy Perry (founder of MCC) and Phillip De Blieck are legally married at MCC Toronto.

2005

MCC Toronto develops a revolutionary adult spiritual education program that expands to MCC worldwide.

2007

Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes is appointed to the Order of Canada by Governor General, The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean.

2008

MCC Toronto begins broadcasting on the internet, bringing our message of hope, love and acceptance to 147 countries.

2010

Renovations begin for the Triangle Program, improving the educational experience for LGBTQ youth.

2011

MCC Toronto performs the state funeral for Jack Layton, the leader of the Official Opposition.

2014

Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes is chosen as the Grand Marshall of the World Pride Parade in Toronto.

2016

MCC Toronto develops programs and procedures to adapt to the changing Care needs of the community.

2017

Rev. Deana Dudley is appointed as our first Assistant Pastor.

Rev. Jeff Rock is elected to succeed retiring Rev. Dr. Hawkes.

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