Palana Hunt-Hawkins is a mover and shaker that proudly calls the Seacoast home.
Palana currently serves as a Rochester City Councilor, and is the first openly transgender person to be elected to a city council in New Hampshire. Her extensive LGBTQ-centric work has included organizing trans and gender non-conforming folks with the ACLU of New Hampshire, managing cafe-turned-queer-oasis Teatotaller, and as a co-founder of the Affirming Spaces Project, a new non-profit organization aiming to make New Hampshire a more affirming place for folks of all gender identities.
In 2020, Palana made The Advocate’s Champions of Pride list and authored an extensive report about transgender students for ACLU-NH titled “The Case For Lived Equality in the Classroom”.
Palana lives in Rochester with her partner Cora and their dogs, Maebyl and Bozzi. She is currently working for the New Hampshire Harm Reduction Coalition.