NAME: Hannah Kirkner
LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
Outside of NEAT, I am a voracious reader who enjoys autobiographies, memoirs & historical non-fiction about social justice issues, feminism & the U.S. carceral system. I like to balance out my heavy reading material with a steady viewing rotation of reality TV and also enjoy cooking, working out and hanging with my friends. My day job is in the beauty industry, where I manage the e-commerce business for a skincare brand. I've worked in the fashion & beauty industry for the entirety of my career.
What's your connection to LGBTQ+ justice work?
I connected with LGBTQ+ justice work in 2016 out of a desire to do more for the LGBTQ+ community. I feel that it is important that I use my cis-het privilege to advocate for change for my friends, ensuring they can live their lives unburdened by discrimination.
What is your volunteer role(s) at NEAT? What inspired you to get involved?
I am a party host at NEAT, hosting phonebanks weekly and providing training and support during volunteer shifts. I wanted to get involved in phonebanking because I felt that it was a convenient way to help forge change in communities across the country (and it is!).
Share a memory from volunteering that sticks out in your mind
The first campaign I worked on with NEAT was to pass a Human Rights Ordinance in Jacksonville, Florida. The HRO passed, which was an exciting moment. It felt good to contribute to positive legislative change.
What would you say to anyone considering volunteering with NEAT?
Do it! Phonebanking is convenient and anyone can overcome their talking-on-the-phone-jitters (Millennials--I get it!). There's also a wonderful community at NEAT; we're a chill, kind crowd so come meet and hang out with us.