Bisexual pastor turned stripper discovers true joy
by Postmedia News
Publishing date: Sep 28, 2020 September 28, 2020
Nikole Mitchell PHOTO BY INSTAGRAM /Toronto Sun
Nikole Mitchell was raised by a stern Baptist family and pressure to be sweet, quiet and reserved.
But her dreams belied her strict upbringing.
From a young age, I had fantasized about being a stripper, Mitchell, who now works as an erotic dancer on OnlyFans, told the New York Post. But I was indoctrinated to believe my desires and my body were innately sinful and bad.
Rather than forge a path in lap dancing, the mother of three became immersed in religion and became a pastor.
In the eyes of her family, even that vocation was deemed rebellious.
I was taught that women arent allowed to lead and that women belong in the kitchen and with the children, said Mitchell, 36. So even though it went against everything I was told, I decided to become (a pastor) because of my love for performing.
But Mitchells true identity began when she attended a LGBT-oriented theatre performance.
I was like: Oh my gosh, I dont think Im straight and it rocked my world, said Mitchell, who now identifies as bisexual and pansexual. I knew if I revealed my queerness I would lose it all because the church is not welcoming to queer people.
Suddenly, she felt as if she was living a very duplicitous life and struggled to keep her sexuality a secret.
Mitchell gave her last sermon in July 2017.
Faced with rebuilding her life, she wondered what was next.
Mitchell says her new gig is a dream job.
I started following my life coachs wife (on Instagram) who was doing lingerie modeling, said Mitchell. I was kind of triggered by it, but I was also magnetically drawn to it.
Mitchell knew she wanted to further pursue her sexual desires and signed up for a class all about expressing your sexy self and that was the linchpin that I needed.
Let it all hang out, Nikole. There are a lot of freaks in your business.