"The gay scene in Atlanta that I came into – there was hardly anything going on outside of the bar culture with men. It was different with women. There was Charis Bookstore, and there was ALFA- the Atlanta Feminist Women’s Alliance, there were women’s concerts. There was a women’s culture that was deliberate and constructed by the women, based on feminism, which was very attractive to me. But among gay people in general the only thing that was organized beyond the bars were the religious groups: MCC, Dignity, Integrity, Lutherans Concerned."
Franklin Abbott, September 30, 2011
The Metropolital Community Church (MCC) is the oldest LGBT+ church in Atlanta. It was founded in 1972, four years after Rev. Troy Perry established the Metropolital Community Church denomination in Los Angeles, California. Located in a repurposed theater on Highland Avenue, Atlanta's MCC was ften used as a venue for Community events, including Red Dyke Theatre performances and Gay Liberation Front press conferences. MCC later changed its name to First MCC, and relocated to Tullie Road.