Two Weeks in, I Already Wanted to Quit: Challenges Faced by a Queer Black Woman in Nonprofit Leadership (Spring 2024)

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“I found that if I stayed the course, was successful, and did not outshine or question my White progressive counterparts, then I was okay—but as soon as I began to speak up about inequities occurring in my workplace, then suddenly I did not have emotional intelligence, or was taking things too personally, or somehow not only did leadership feel bothered by my ‘attitude’ but also (phantom) staff felt the same…. This isolation has been especially pronounced in queer spaces, where I had hoped for a sense of home.”

by Nadine Bridges