Monday, February 25, 2013

TRUE DIVERSITY OUGHT TO BE REFLECTED IN LEADRSHIP

Diversity is something that many organizations work hard to achieve. However when I look at the leadership of many LGBT  organizations, I wonder if I'm missing something. Many positions are still overwhelming white and male.

As a transgender individual I find this disturbing. The vast majority of transgender people abused and murdered are women of color. Whenever I read about the Stonewall Riots here in New York in 1969, I pleasantly remind some folks that it was began by a transgender woman of color and a butch lesbian woman. 
Within a year the leadership positions in many organizations were overwhelmingly  male, white, and middle class.Transgender people were shunted to the margins. Women formed their own groups. While there has been much improvement over the years, I believe in my heart that if equality was fought with the same fervor as assimilation, we would be much further along.

Yesterday, the assistant pastor spoke about diversity. The congregation reflects what diversity should truly be. In the leadership there is a black woman, black gay man, and a Latino man. There is a wide diversity of cultures, ages, genders and sexualities. I reflect on how diverse the early Christian church was. I'm not talking about tokenism either. 

In my opinion if the diversity in leadership positions doesn't change, then a golden opportunity to hear voices from other experiences and cultures will be lost. LGBT rights is not just an American phenomena. It's a worldwide one.

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