Anyone who accepts a leadership position should be prepared for battle. Ducking out when things get tough is not an option. It’s tough, but sometimes “offending” people is the only option. People who are easily offended will be a problem anyhow, anyway.
People who are easily offended are usually immature or self-centered. Immature people need to be guided into maturity. Self-centered people need to be told the world is not theirs. (I say told, because teaching them is a matter that requires a change from their heart.)
Leaders who say they are protecting one group while letting another group suffer more drastic consequences are looking out for themselves.