(1950 - living) - U.S.A.
Gary Nixon and the Rev. Mel White met and fell in love in 1982 at All Saints Episcopal Church where Mel served on the vestry and Gary sang baritone in the Coventry Choir. Gary was a property manager for the Weyerhaeuser Corporation, in charge of corporate properties across Southern California. In 1993, Gary and Mel began their justice ministry and have worked together full time as activists.
For the past six years, Mel and his partner, Gary Nixon, have traveled across the country as the UFMCC Minister of Justice seeking equality and understanding for God's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered children. In 1997, Mel and Gary received the ACLU's National Civil Liberties Award in Atlanta, Georgia, for their efforts at applying the "soul force" principles of Gandhi and King to the struggle for justice for sexual minorities.