Gay church in Palm Beach Gardens a place of healing and tears

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Rev. Dr. Lea Brown at Metropolitan Community Church in Palm Beach Gardens. (Bruce R. Bennett / The Palm Beach Post)

Rev. Lea Brown keeps boxes of tissues under the seats at the Metropolitan Community Church in Palm Beach Gardens.

After years of feeling unwelcome at other churches, many LGBT people break down in tears during MCC services, she says, when they find a church that celebrates their sexuality from a Christian perspective.

The 150-member church is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year with plans for expansion.

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