Rocking the Kingdom: Reverend Troy Perry
In 1968 being a homosexual in 47 states (in the US) was illegal. It was a crime. Punishable by prison and fines. There was no RuPaul. No Anderson Hays Cooper. In 1968 there were no homosexuals!!! Except Troy Perry.
After being outed in 1968, Reverend Troy Perry lost his church, his marriage and his two sons. That was the beginning of Troy’s fight to get his sons back and live in equality. That fight continues today.
I bought Troy’s life rights several years ago and I believe I’m finally close to being done with the challenging script. It’s been a bear, just like Troy (although Troy considers himself a polar bear) and it feels like I’m finally there.
This story is about a man who fights for love. It’s as simple as that.
My aunt Freda was a lesbian and met Troy in the ’70s, just after he started MCC (his church). My aunt had always been devoted to God, but the church wouldn’t have her. So when she heard about MCC, it changed her life. She found a place she could worship God as a lesbian. No judgment. She climbed the ranks quickly in MCC — she was head pastor of the Sacramento church for 40-odd years, and was the first female Vice-Moderator and ordained minister at MCC.
I was a wee child during the early years and remember sitting on her lap during many of her meetings. In fact, a few years ago my aunt said to me, “Baby Dawn, you came out with me.” Those words make me cry. She was referring to me sitting on her lap as we participated in the first Gay Pride Parade in Sacramento.
This script means so much to me because I know what my aunt went through as a lesbian, and she should never have had to endure that kind of crap. People in this world can be so horrible. I wanted to write this story because my aunt loved Troy and what he gave to her–the chance to be loved by God. He made it possible for her to live a life she loved. And she was able to help so many people as the Pastor of MCC Sacramento.
I wrote this script because it’s a powerful story and people need to remember. It’s about individual rights, acceptance, and love. There are generations of people who don’t know what the world was like when Troy announced that he was gay. So many young people who aren’t aware that it was illegal, punishable by prison and fines. Many don’t know that it was commonplace to lose your job, to be beat and even killed — and that’s at the hands of the police. Even today, many parents still try to convert their children. The struggle for equality and acceptance continues. That’s why I wrote this story.
Let us not forget our past. Let us hold it tight and move bravely and hopefully into the future, just as Troy and my aunt did.
If you would like to help make this film possible – please contact me. I’m about to go into preproduction and I’m looking for producers and financiers. Reach out.