Honoured Dyke 2012: Andrea Houston

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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About Dyke March Toronto

Mission: The 2015 Toronto Dyke March works to create dyke-centred spaces because we need — and demand — more visibility within the Pride Toronto Festival. Goals: Our goal is to organize a political and celebratory march, created by and for dykes across the spectrum. We need to create our own space to be political and visible. Dyke visibility is important because we are not fully represented in the Pride movement or in mainstream society. The Dyke March celebrates our diversity and demonstrates the power of our communities. We hope the Dyke March leaves you with the energy to take action, a sense of community, and an appreciation for your own unique dyke glory! Values: The Dyke March values collective organizing to give dykes who are historically oppressed a platform. These include, but are not limited to, trans folks, Indigenous folks, folks of colour and folks with disabilities. We see this as necessary to create social change.
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  1. Pingback: Opinion: what are we really talking about when we talk about “buck-naked men” at the Pride parade? torontolife.com

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