Author, poet and diversity advocate, Andreena Leeanne is supporting the LGBT+ community and beyond through her own lived experiences. As a Black, working-class lesbian, Andreena has faced more adversity than most, and through such hardship has developed strategies to succeed despite her circumstances and mental health issues. A truly inspirational champion, Andreena has the tools to transform and educate any audience supported by personal anecdotes.
Having faced extensive challenges throughout her life, Andreena is a role model to those aspiring to overcome hurdles they face. From childhood trauma and abuse to PTSD and depression, Andreena’s life has been fraught with difficulty, only intensified by the isolation she felt as a Black member of the LGBT+ community from a working-class background. Harnessing creativity as a therapy, Andreena is an exceptional poet a means through which she shares her feelings with others. To support individuals with similar experiences as herself, Andreena has founded Adult Survivors Open Mic, an event for sharing via spoken word pieces.
Empowering others through her journey has led Andreena to publish her book of emotive poems titled ‘CHARRED: A Survivor Speaker Her Truth to Inspire’ in 2020. Additionally, Andreena is responsible for the establishment of Poetry LGBT Open Mic Night which has been a popular safe space for members of the community to share experiences through creativity since 2015. In recognition of her commitment to championing diversity, Andrena was listed as a Stonewall Black History Month Role Model in 2018 and has been shortlisted for the Positive LGBT Role Model National Diversity Award, a testament to her influence.
As a speaker, Andreena is sought after for engagements to explore such topics as LGBT+ empowerment, self-care, and identity. She has previously spoken at events celebrating LGBT History Month, Pride, Lesbian Visibility Week and on several panels as an expert in her field. Most recently, Andreena has become a trustee of Action Breaks Silence, a charity for female victims of violence.