I'm Ethan Michelle Ganz, a 47-year-old trans nonbinary activist fighting for justice and equity.
I am an activist, advocate, speaker, and community organizer. I am 47 years old and have been married for 6 years. I've experienced discrimination in my career as a level 4 NCCER-certified Industrial Pipefitter, leading me to go back to school. In 2017, I started attending HCC at the age of 41. After graduating, I ran for Houston City Council District C. The experience changed my life.
My journey with Pure Justice started in 2019 when I volunteered with them and later became a part of their Access to Democracy Campaign as a Voter Engagement Organizer. That job ignited my love for community organizing.
I had the opportunity to participate in a transformative initiative within Harris County jail to empower those within its walls. We successfully registered over 1,500 voters, with a staggering 90% of them being justice-impacted individuals. At the time, an alarming 80% of those incarcerated were awaiting trial. Yet we firmly believe that every voice deserves to be heard, and every right to vote must be upheld.
*Photo by Nora Dayton
This year, I have been focused on fighting oppression, white Christian Nationalism, and fascism in the state legislature. With determination to run for city council, I couldn't rest until I fought for our cause in Austin. Then in June, I was nominated and elected Nonbinary Grand Marshal of Pride. Now it is time to win Houston City Council At Large 3.
Level 4 NCCER Industrial Pipefitter- Associated Builders and Contractors School
AA Humanities/Global Studies from Houston Community College
BA Political Science/International Studies from the University of St. Thomas
Vice Chair of the Alliance Party National Executive Committee
LGBTQ Caucus Chair of the Alliance Party National Committee
Board Member at the Houston Peace and Justice Center
Co-Founder of the Montrose Residents Coalition
I share my life with my spouse, Krys, for over a decade now, and we have been happily married for six years. We live in Montrose, in an apartment, with our dogs. We are a working class family, who love each other, our neighborhood, and our community immensely.