It is been 2 years since our world became a bit darker with the loss of our friend and co-volunteer Jon Hanna, and to be honest a lot of us are still trying to find our feet after such a loss.
Jon Hanna was an amazing person, father, friend and activist.
He grew up in the North during The Troubles, seeing his mother hiding at home people from both sides and learned since early that was important to do what you believed right, even when it was hard. And, unfortunately, a lot of it was hard.
Jon always did what he believed was right. He did so much good on this world, we just couldn't fit it all in one post. He fought fiercely for Repealing the 8th even when it was barely a concept. He was part of the 1st bisexual associations in Ireland, and a core part of Bi+ Ireland.
Unfortunately, the hard times weren't just political. Jon had a lot of his own personal demons and struggles and he shared them openly. This opened a door for many other of us to recognise and share our own, knowing we always had his love and support. He was as quick with a listening ear as he was with a banner at a protest. Jon was always there to support people, his friends and online communities, whether that was offering a helpful answer or providing a non judgmental conversation. Jon enriched all our lives. He was an honest and open soul who did not fear being corrected but would instead thank you for widening his knowledge.
We owe him so much that we are still filled with grief.
But if we learn something from Jon, is that what we owe him the most is taking care of ourselves and each other and keeping up the good fight.
We are still fighting, Jon, and you will never be forgotten.
Rest in Power.