Profiles Gallery

Identifying leaders in religious movements for justice for LGBT persons.

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Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati, spiritual teacher, AIDS activist, author and artist, was born Joyce Green in Brooklyn, New York, in 1940. She grew up in poverty in a Jewish family and claims that "the streets and...   Read More

Diarmaid MacCulloch

Diarmaid MacCulloch was born 31 October 1951, in Kent, England; the only child of Rev. Nigel J.H. MacCulloch T.D. and Mrs. Jennie MacCulloch (née Chappell). Mr. MacCulloch was an army chaplain until 1956...   Read More

Iain MacDonald

Iain McDonald was born in 1953 in Dundee, Scotland, where his father Norman was one of the youngest elders of the Church of Scotland. Iain moved with his parents to England in 1958 and, after a conventional church...   Read More

Bishop S.F. Ma-Hee

Bishop S.F. Ma-Hee is the eldest child of an evangelist/minister of music. She was the founder and first pastor of the Redefined Faith Worship Center (formerly Redefined Faith Unity Fellowship Church), the first...   Read More

Elder Michael Mank

Michael H. Mank was born Herman L. Mank, Jr., on May 7, 1938, in Ashburnham, Massachusetts. He got his M.A. degree from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Michael moved to Los Angeles in 1961...   Read More

Jamie Manson

Jamie Manson is a columnist and the books editor at the National Catholic Reporter. To her knowledge, she is the only out queer woman in the global Catholic media.    Jamie received her Master of...   Read More

Jeremy Marks

Jeremy Marks was born in London, UK in 1952, the oldest of three children. He was brought up in the Anglican Church, a tradition he rejected for a time after witnessing the hypocrisy and spiteful judgement meted out...   Read More

Victor Marsh

Born in May 1945, Victor was raised in Western Australia. He attended Victoria Park and Attadale primary schools and later was elected captain of Applecross High, where he was active in sports and drama.  He...   Read More

Rev. Elder Debbie Martin

The Rev. Elder Debbie Martin retired from a 19-year career as a law enforcement officer in Santa Rosa, California, and heard the call to ministry in the Metropolitan Community Church. She was ordained as a minister...   Read More

Rev. Ken Martin

Rev. Ken Martin was appointed Elder of Metropolitan Community Church’s Region One in 2006.  At that time he shared his journey that led to that moment.   “I came into this world knowing why I am here. My...   Read More

Phyllis Lyon & Del Martin

Del Martin was born Dorothy L. Taliaferro in San Francisco, California, on May 5, 1921, to Jones and Mary Taliaferro. She was salutatorian of the first graduating class of George Washington High School in San...   Read More

Oliver Wendel Martin III

Oliver Wendel Martin III was born on November 25, 1958 and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Sciences from Robert Morris University.  He worked...   Read More

Allan Masur

Allan Masur, founder of Congregation B'nai Olam on Fire Island and one of the early leaders of Congregation Beth Simchat Torah in New York City, was a native New Yorker. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from City College...   Read More

Ron Mattson

Ronald Edward Mattson was born on May 1, 1936, in Princeton, Minnesota, to Jennie L. Orrock and E. Lloyd Mattson. Along with Terry and Thomas, he was one of three sons in the family. Ron earned a bachelor's...   Read More

Wallace de Ortega Maxey

Wallace de Ortega Maxey is perhaps best known as a 20th-century Old Catholic bishop, but he also was an ecclesiastic in the Anglican, Congregationalist, and Universalist traditions. He dabbled in theosophy, was an...   Read More

Patrick McArron

Patrick Terence Gabriel McArron was born March 7, 1947, in San Diego, California, to Terence and Rosemary McArron. His father was Protestant and his mother Roman Catholic, but his roots and connections to the...   Read More

Jay McCarty

Several hundred persons filled the sanctuary of Trinity U.M. Church in Kansas City on July 6, 1994, for "A Service of Joy and Thanksgiving for the Life of James 'Jay' McCarty," long-time Reconciling Congregation...   Read More

Rev. Dr. Renee McCoy

Rev. Dr. Renee McCoy was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1951. She attended parochial grade and high schools, which served to shape her faith as a devote Roman Catholic. As a child of the Civil Rights Movement, her...   Read More

Rev. Dr. Don McGaw

Don McGaw moved to Boston in 1964 to attend Boston University School of Theology. While at  seminary he began his activism by choosing to focus on religious and homosexuality. He found good support from...   Read More

Dr. Ted McIlvenna

The Rev. Dr. Robert Theodore McIlvenna was born on March 15, 1932, in Epping, New Hampshire. At an early age, he moved with his family to the Pacific Northwest where his father, an itinerant Methodist minister,...   Read More

Keisha McKenzie, Ph.D.

Keisha E. McKenzie, PhD, is a communications consultant and program director of Believe Out Loud, which empowers LGBTQIA Christians and allies to work for justice. The leading digital platform in Christian faith...   Read More

Brian McNaught

Brian McNaught is an award-winning writer and an internationally acclaimed corporate diversity trainer. His five books in print are used as college texts. He speaks globally to senior managers on gay and...   Read More

Stephen McNeil

Stephen McNeil was born January, 1950 in Plymouth, Massachusetts to Mary Stuart Elwell and William Merton McNeil.  He was the youngest of four children—one brother and two sisters.  He spent his...   Read More

Alex McNeill

Alex Patchin McNeill is the first openly transgender person to head a mainline Protestant organization. He is an openly transgender man, a life-long Presbyterian, and a nationally known educator and advocate for...   Read More

John J. McNeill

For more than twenty-five years, John J. McNeill, an ordained priest and psychotherapist, has been devoting his life to spreading the good news of God's love for lesbian and gay Christians. One year after the...   Read More

Robert I. McQueen

Robert I. McQueen was a prominent gay Mormon missionary, editor and activist.  With the help of the Affirmation Los Angeles Chapter (organized on 28 January 1978), the first major publication...   Read More

Dr. Michael Mendiola

Michael Manuel Mendiola was associate professor of Christian ethics at Pacific School of Religion (PSR) from 1994 to 2008. He was born in Globe, Arizona, in 1952. In the Roman Catholic tradition, he received received...   Read More

Rev. Dr. Jim Merritt

The Rev. Dr. Jim Merritt was ordained in the Southern Baptist tradition in 1981 and transferred to the Metropolitan Community Churches in 2003. He received his Bachelor of Church Music degree from Stetson...   Read More

Bishop Richard Mickley, CDOS, Ph.D.

Bishop Richard R. Mickley, CDOS, Ph.D. is Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of One Spirit Philippines (Bishop James H. Burch of Virginia, principal bishop) who entered “monastic” seminary at age 13 toward...   Read More

Randall Miller

Randall Miller, a life-long United Methodist layperson, has worked for the past twenty-five years in a variety of sectors, including academic, philanthropic, religious, and social justice settings. Randall...   Read More

Rabbi Heather Miller, MAHL

Rabbi Heather Miller, MAHL, is a faith-based leader in Los Angeles, California.  Informed by the justice-filled prophetic teachings of her faith, she brings a religious and spiritual lens to address...   Read More

Louis "L.J." Mitchell

Rev. Louis Mitchell is a pioneering "intentional man". Known around the country and abroad as an elder, advocate, teacher, student, minister, parent and friend. He serves as the Co-founder and...   Read More

Brian Mitchell-Walker

Brian Mitchell-Walker was born in Richmond Hill, Ontario into an extended Mitchell family that had deep connections to the United Church of Canada dating back to its founding in the 1920s.  Brian’s...   Read More

Rev. Elder Jim Mitulski

The Rev. Elder Jim Mitulski, known for his passionate connection of spirituality and social justice, has served LGBT congregations in New York City, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Dallas, Texas as...   Read More

Rev. Rick Mixon

Randle R. "Rick" Mixon boarded a train in Boise, Idaho, in September 1965, bound for New York City and Columbia College. He rode with a half-dozen other boys recruited from Idaho. Along with the new metal trunk that...   Read More

Rev. Dr. Sid L. Mohn

Rev. Dr. Sid L. Mohn was ordained as a clergyperson with the United Church of Christ in 1976, the first openly gay person ordained in the Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ and the second openly...   Read More

Virginia Ramey Mollenkott, Ph.D.

In the mid-1970's, while still closeted personally, Mollenkott began to advocate at church conferences in behalf of lesbian and gay Christians. In l978, with Letha Dawson Scanzoni, she published Is the...   Read More

Rev. Irene Monroe

The Rev. Irene Monroe is an ordained minister, motivational speaker and she speaks for a sector of society that is frequently invisible.    Monroe does a weekly Monday segment, “All Revved Up!”...   Read More

Ashley Moore

Ashley Wai’olu Moore, founder of the all-transgender Transcendence Gospel Choir, was born in Richmond, California on October 21, 1966. Music has played an essential, perhaps even life-saving role for Ashley....   Read More

Rev. John V. Moore

The Rev. John V. Moore, who is a nonagenarian, grew up in Long Beach, California and attended public schools there. He enrolled at Stanford University and graduated in 1941. He studied one year at Berkeley Baptist...   Read More

Rev. Megan More

Rev. Megan More, M.Div, is a graduate of Claremont School of Theology, and is presently United Church of Christ clergy on staff at MCC/UCC in the Valley, North Hollywood, California. She is also a Staff Pastor...   Read More

Rev. Melanie Morrison

Melanie S. Morrison is founder and executive director of Allies for Change, a national network of social justice educators. She is a seasoned educator, pastor, author, and lesbian feminist anti-racist...   Read More

Paul Mortensen

Lowell Paul Mortensen was born in 1941 as a fourth generation Mormon and was raised in Riverton, Utah. In 1960, he went on a Mormon mission to the Eastern Atlantic States, an experience that he would later...   Read More

Bill Moss

William H. "Bill" Moss served on the board of directors of Presbyterians for Lesbian and Gay Concerns (later More Light Presbyterians) for eight consecutive years, concluding with a two-year term as...   Read More

Brenda Moulton

Brenda Moulton was born in Portland, Maine in 1946 to Mary Elizabeth (Beth) Stevens and Craig Simpson Moulton.  The couple had moved to Cape Elizabeth, a Portland suburb, during World War II when Craig was...   Read More

Rev. Patrick Lueben Mukajanga

The Rev. Patrick Leuben Mukajanga, Christian teacher and pastor in Uganda, provided this first-person account of his life-journey and ministry:    I grew up in a village setting in Kiruhura district...   Read More

Rev. Dr. Paul E. Murray

Paul Edward Murray, Ph.D., was born in the early 1950s to H. Paul and Verna H. Murray and raised in Arlington County, Virginia. His parents were native to the Washington, D.C. area.  His father, an insurance...   Read More

Andre Musskopf

André S. Musskopf is a lay theologian, raised in the Lutheran tradition in Brazil from Sunday school to seminary. He has been denied ordination by the Evangelical Church of Lutheran Confession in Brazil. He has...   Read More