Rev. Lacette Cross, affectionately called Rev. L, lives in Richmond, VA. She has 20 years of youth development and leadership experience in school, community and faith settings. She is an experienced presenter, speaker, and facilitator with diverse audiences. Rev. L has participated in conferences, workshops, panels and summits throughout the country on topics of sexuality, LGBTQ inclusion, race, gender, religion and justice. Rev. L has been actively involved in the greater Richmond community as a faith leader, community advocate, speaker, and volunteer. She is committed to creating brave space for all persons, particularly black women and LGBTQ persons, to heal and become their full authentic self. Rev. L is the Founder/CEO of Will You Be Whole that talks sex and faith for wholeness with black women and those who love them and a founder of Us Giving Richmond Connections (UGRC), a black LGBTQ health and wellness nonprofit responsible for planning and executing the first ever Black Pride RVA in July 2018.
Rev. L is a recent fellow of the Community Trustbuilding Fellowship with Initiatives of Change and currently an Equity + Health Fellow with the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation. Her past fellowships have included the Black Theology and Leadership Institute and the Faith and Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees. Rev. L is the pastor of Restoration Fellowship RVA, an open and affirming church on Richmond’s north side and is the Director of Volunteers and Outreach for Side by Side, an LGBTQ+ youth serving non-profit. Rev. L grounds her work in womanist thought and the idea that all she does is from a place of love of God, self and others while in service of the collective liberation and safety of Black people and those who love them. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, trying out new restaurants, watching sci-fi action movies and reading good books.