My name is Hana O’Connor and I am currently employed at the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity as Forum Coordinator. I have a B.A. in English and Psychology from University College Cork, a post-graduate diploma in Applied Psychology from London Metropolitan University, and a M.A. in Sexuality Studies from Dublin City University.
Originally from Cork, I have been a staunch activist for the LGBTQ2IA+ community for over a decade. I worked in the hub of the Yes Equality campaign during the Irish Marriage Equality Referendum of 2015, and helped to run the flagship store in St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin.
I relocated from Ireland to Canada in 2017 to pursue a career in LGBTQ2S+ activism and education. My career trajectory was borne out of my belief that queer life needs to be normalized into everyday society and culture, and heteronormativity should not be the standard that everyone must live by. Since moving to Ottawa, I have also volunteered for the annual Pride Festival and worked as part of the Operations Team for Ottawa Pride 2018.
In my spare time I love to read, practice yoga, get far too competitive at trivia nights, sing on long car rides, get annoyed when people interrupt me while singing on long car rides, and watch silent movies from the 1920’s that no one has ever heard of.
Slán agus go raibh míle maith agat!