Along the city’s Northeast Inner Loop, there’s a fenced-in lot on Rainbow Drive with idle bulldozers flanked by mounds of dirt and gravel. Outside the fence, stands a sign that reads: “Future Home – Metropolitan Community Church.”
The sign is a testament to the local growth of the church, part of an international Christian denomination created 44 years ago in Los Angeles to provide a spiritual haven for gays and lesbians. Since settling along the intersection of Myrtle Street and North St. Mary’s in 1976, MCC-San Antonio has quietly built a congregation of nearly 200 members, and outgrown its cramped current location.
At the moment, however, the sign also serves as a reminder of the intolerance that MCC was built to combat. Graffiti taggers recently unleashed a spray-paint hate screed on the sign, with the following messages: “Fuck You MCC,” punctuated by a pentagram; “KKK,” accompanied by a swastika; and “fag” and “nigger” covering the church’s logo.