What other religions call God, an impressive force that governs and controls the universe, Wiccan’s call Gaia, or mother nature. Wicca is a matriarchal(female-lead) religion, within a patriarchal(male-lead) society. Rather than a Church or Temple Wiccans meet outside in a community called a coven. When it comes to leadership the High Priestess holds superiority over the High Priest. The presence of both High Priest and High Priestess are important for conducting ceremonies.
As with all facets of religion, this aspect does not have the same impact and affect on all covens and individuals. The more traditional covens do enforce a female High Priestess rule, but less traditional covens are more liberal view of the tradition. Some covens see the High Priestess/Priest roles as positions that do not require any gender identity. The importance of these roles is related to the aspects of nature that they represent, and not as reflections of the individuals portraying them. Within the ceremonies themselves members wear hooded cloaks which conceal identities and give feelings of neutrality, anonymity and oneness as a group.
Within Wicca there is a view of male and female energies as equal forces in nature, similar to Yin and Yang in Buddhism, and the Judaeo-Christian God being described as both Mother and Father. This isn’t necessarily about a balance between men and women but is seen by many as being represented by the balance of male and female energy within each individual. In this way some covens see gender variant people as being of special importance because they have a closer balance of energies and thus are a closer reflection of the balance of nature.