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Unity Fellowship Center

5147 W Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016
1982 today

Archbishop Carl Bean’s Unity Fellowship Church is America’s largest African-American LGBT church, with 14 branches nationwide.

Unity Fellowship Church, Los Angeles (UFCLA) was founded in 1982 by Rev. Carl Bean for primarily openly Gay and Lesbian African Americans. The first meetings were held in the private residence of Rev. Bean, on Cochran Ave., in Los Angeles, California.

Bean was a Motown and disco singer, noted particularly for his version of the early gay liberation song "I Was Born This Way" and autobiography of the same title.