Jennifer Miracle-Best is an author and speaker in the Detroit area who aims to help victims of spiritual violence find healing. In 2018 she published the memoir Divinely Queer, which details her journey toward spirituality through the exploration of her own sexual orientation. She identifies as queer, which for her means that her attraction to another person is not dependent upon their sex, gender, or gender expression. “After years of loving people whose energy was harmonious with mine – regardless of their other identities, “queer” just seemed to fit,” she said. “At the end of the day, I believe we’re all a little bit queer in our own way. I also believe, despite the messages that our society perpetuates about God and religion, that our queerness is absolutely Divine.”
Before living in Michigan, Jennifer served as the Director of the LGBT Resource Center at The University of Georgia. She worked in student affairs for 13 years before leaving academia to pursue her dreams of reaching a broader audience with her personal story and her ability to engage people in difficult conversations. In that time, Jennifer has become skilled at meeting people where they are and helping them to broaden their perspective.
Jennifer speaks frequently about the importance of protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination. In 2019, as part of her work with Inclusive Justice and the Umoja Project, she met with U.S. Congressmember Haley Stevens to share more about LGBTQ people and discuss ways that Congress can take action to ensure that no one faces discrimination because of who they are or who they love.