Colorado minister finds empowerment, healing in pole dancing

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) β€” A Colorado Springs pastor says she’s found healing and self-empowerment in pole dancing.

The Gazette reports Diane Martin started pole dancing in 2008 and opened a studio in 2011.

For most of her ministry days, she was part of a mainline Christian denomination and didn’t share much about her passion.

She says she was tired of hiding it, so she joined the Metropolitan Community Church because it’s β€œall about total love and acceptance.” Pole dancing also is starting to gain mainstream acceptance.

It’s recognized as a sport by the Global Association of International Sports Federations and is under review to be an Olympic sport in 2024.