AnonymousDeleted UserDecember 9, 2020 at 11:01 am
I think this is where mentoring can be really powerful. When I first interned at a church, the pastor was a lesbian, and she gave me a lot of insight into how to manage being a visibly queer person in ministry. I think straight/cis/white leaders can be really influential too though, by taking younger queer people and people of color under their wing to help them learn and network with other leaders. This is something that often happens naturally between leaders and mentees who have similar identities – by deliberately seeking mentees of different identities, leaders can use their power to help amplify the voices of others who aren’t heard as often.