Andrea Houston is an award-winning journalist and advocate specializing in queer issues. Her work has been published in the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, Toronto Life and Xtra, where she spent four years as a staff reporter.
Andrea covers a range of issues affecting LGBT people on local, provincial, national and even international levels. Andrea is perhaps best known for breaking the 2011 story that Ontario Catholic schools prohibited students from forming gay-straight alliances (GSA) clubs. Throughout 2012, Andrea meticulously documented the stories of queer youth as they fought back against bullying and bravely demanded acceptance in their schools. Her reporting played a key role in the passage of provincial legislation that mandated all publicly funded schools be required to allow GSAs if students want them. Andrea is one of the most recognized and respected voices of Toronto’s queer community. In 2012, she was named Honoured Dyke by Pride Toronto.