As a poet, performer, and motivational speaker, Rachel Gleason’s sharp tongue and soulful heart, educate, encourage, and inspire.
Raised in a controlling and abusive fundamentalist church, Gleason’s voice as an artist over the last decade has been a backlash against rigid structures of sexuality, gender, and spirituality.
Their coming out story was highlighted on NPR in a series about identity, acceptance and forgiveness in West Michigan’s LGBTQ community and they have spoken and performed at LGBTQ events and universities across the country.
Today, their work can be seen as coming full circle, often speaking at churches, colleges and more, sharing poems that find God in hidden places, telling stories of personal struggles and triumphs, and calling people of all denominations and creeds to live their highest purpose.
Gleason is also the Director of Education of The Diatribe, a nonprofit organization in Grand Rapids, Michigan dedicated to uniting and inspiring the youth through poetry.