I am a Bahá'í, queer, spoken word artist with hearing loss. Although I have a ton of different experiences, I recognize that I can’t speak for everyone -- nor should I try. I believe that a community leader strengthens and amplifies the voices and strengths of others rather than trying to showcase their own. I have started to do this by unifying diverse groups through artistic expression and by helping to develop common language for how we teach, learn from and honour each other. It’s important to recognize that people coming from very different contexts can sometimes have conflicting viewpoints. A leader needs to find the common ground between them so that both are valued.
I have been inspired by the fundamental belief in my faith that we are all inherently noble. That means we all contain the capacity for excellence in mental, spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being. We are all capable of great things if we work towards them. I pass on that knowledge and wisdom to other people as often as I can, because I recognize that the more we know ourselves and the more that we grow in ourselves, the more we are able to understand other people and help them to grow.