Andrea Houston is a Toronto journalist, human rights advocate and community organizer. As a journalist, she has covered a range of issues affecting LGBTQ people on local, provincial, national and international levels. She has wrote for the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, NOW Magazine, Ricochet, the Peterborough Examiner, and Xtra, Canada’s gay and lesbian news. At Torontoist, she served as Managing Editor, and helped reinvigorate the news website with an increased focus on activism and social movements.
She also worked for Ontario’s first LGBTQ critic, MPP Cheri DiNovo at Queen’s Park, creating legislation to make the province safer and more accepting for queer and trans people, such as Bill 77, which passed in the Ontario legislature in 2015, banning called conversion therapy for LGBTQ youth, a first in Canada.
Currently, Andrea is Communications and Development Manager for Rainbow Railroad, an international organization working to get LGBTQ people facing immediate danger and persecution a path to safety.
Andrea has a journalism diploma from Humber College, an honours degree in English and theatre from York University, and a post-grad certificate in fundraising from Humber College.
Representations of gender and sexual minorities in history, politics and activism, particularly how queerness intersects with racism, geopolitics and human rights.
NNS 410 – Queer Media
York University, English
Humber College Journalism