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Enda, Barnet, UK

Enda Mclaren

Jordan, aka Enda, was born in Barnet and has lived on the Stonegrove estate for 24 years. Despite the challenges that come with a working-class family, they have always felt a deep connection to this place and have no plans of leaving. Enda is fortunate to serve their community at OneStonegrove,  which is the local community centre located on the Stonegrove Estate. Their primary objective is to connect with as many residents and neighbours as possible and listen to their ideas, concerns, and perspectives, in order to foster connections within the area and build a healthier, happier community.

Growing up, the challenges of being overweight, queer, and dyslexic often made them feel like they didn’t fit in, and that success was something that would always be out of reach.

As they’ve grown older, Enda has learned the importance of self-love and self-respect and now appreciates all the things that make them unique. 

What does your identity mean to you?

I fully embrace and celebrate my queerness as an integral part of my identity. It is not just a label, but a fundamental aspect that shapes who I am. I am proud to live and breathe my queerness, as it empowers me to express myself authentically and stand tall within my community. Through my visibility and advocacy, I strive to create a more inclusive and accepting society where everyone can live and embrace their true selves without fear or judgment.

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