Armenian LGBTQ non-profit Equality Armenia welcomes its newest board member, Reverend Tory V. Topjian, as the organization’s Faith-based Outreach Director.
Online PR News – 04-July-2020 – (Los Angeles, CA) July 3, 2020 – Armenian LGBTQ non-profit Equality Armenia welcomes its newest board member, Reverend Tory V. Topjian, who will serve as the organization’s Faith-based Outreach Director.
Rev. Topjian is a gay Armenian clergyman from New Jersey. He has spent a great part of his life supporting LGBTQ individuals through the word of God. As a second-generation Armenian American, Rev. Topjian grew up heavily involved in many aspects of Armenian life, including Sunday Armenian School and as President of the Armenian Church Youth Organization at the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church.
He holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Claremont School of Theology, emphasizing in Inter-Religious studies and various trends in worship within Inter-Faith Communities. In 2015, he became the first Armenian openly gay Orthodox clergy person to be ordained. Currently residing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rev. Topjian serves as senior minister at Milwaukee Metropolitan Community Church (Milwaukee MCC)
The Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches founded in 1968, by The Reverend Troy D. Perry, providing safe space for LGBTQ individuals to practice their faith. Milwaukee MCC, under the umbrella of The Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, states on their website, as do all Metropolitan Community Churches, that they are a “Vibrant, Inclusive, Progressive (VIP) Community of Faith that welcomes everyone, with a unique call to the LGBTQ community.”
Rev. Topjian participates in panel discussions, conferences and interviews to discuss LGBTQ issues with a faith-based perspective in various communities, particularly within Middle Eastern ethnic groups. He serves on a number of LGBTQ task forces and boards, including The Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches HIV/AIDS Advisory Council, The Queer and Allied Faith Leaders of Greater Milwaukee and the LGBT Community Leaders of Milwaukee. Rev. Topjian’s efforts were integral in banning conversion therapy of minors in Milwaukee County.
Rev. Topjian will be contributing to Equality Armenia’s mission by periodically releasing articles and videos dealing with the intersectionality of ethnicity, religion, and sexuality. He believes being Armenian, LGBTQ and Christian is in line with God’s inclusive love for all. He intends to help interpret our Christian doctrines of love and inclusiveness for the Armenian community.
We invite you to stay updated on information and what's happening in the Armenian LGBT Community by following us: @Equality_Armenia on Instagram, @EqualityArmenia on Twitter, Equality Armenia on Facebook. Also visit our website, equalityarmenia.org to learn more about the organization and the Armenian LGBTQ community.