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Andrea Houston

Contract Lecturer
OfficeRCC 141
Phone(416) 979-5319
Bachelor of English, York University 
Journalism diploma, Humber College
Fundraising Management, Humber College
JRN 319/NNS 410/JN8422: Queer Media

Andrea has spent her career working at the intersection of journalism, activism, and politics. She’s been a staff reporter at various publications, including the Toronto Star, the Peterborough Examiner, Xtra Magazine, and served as managing editor of Torontoist. She developed and continues to teach the first-ever Queer Media course at Toronto Metropolitan University School of Journalism. At Queen’s Park, she served as executive assistant to former MPP, and first LGBTQ critic, Cheri DiNovo, helping to craft and pass legislation to make the province a safer and more accepting place for LGBTQ youth, sex workers, and other marginalized people. She also helped create the first LGBTQ-themed Heritage Minute about pioneering gay activist and journalist Jim Egan. And at Rainbow Railroad, Andrea was part of the team helping queer and trans people facing persecution in more than 70 countries around the world escape to freedom.

  • 2016 - “LGBTQ Role Model of the Year” from Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity 
  • 2012 –“Canadian Newsperson of the Year” from J-Source (finalist) 
  • 2014 and 2015 – “LGBT Person of the Year” at Inspire Awards (two-time finalist) 
  • 2012 – Honoured Dyke at Pride Week, named by Pride Toronto in recognition of “outstanding achievement and contribution to Toronto’s LGBTTIQQ2SA communities through excellence in reporting on Bill 13 (Accepting Schools Act) and Toby’s Act”
  • Human rights
  • Social and political movements
  • Press freedom
  • Accountability journalism