Andrea Houston kicks ass and takes names — the former as an activist, the latter as a journalist. Andrea is the the first-ever staff reporter at Xtra, Canada’s Gay and Lesbian News. In this role, she covers a range of issues affecting queer people on local, provincial, and national levels: everything from what’s happening in Toronto’s Church and Wellesley Village to federal legislation concerning trans rights. In 2012, Andrea broke the story of the fight for gay-straight alliances in Ontario Catholic schools. She played a key role in bringing this issue to the forefront, with it recently passing provincial legislation so that all public schools will legally be required to allow GSAs if students want them. Andrea has become one of the most recognized and respected voices of Toronto’s queer community. Her Twitter (@dreahouston) is a go-to for queer news and municipal politics. She covers her beat with both spunk and intelligence and is truly deserving to be this year’s Honoured Dyke.
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