Kanan identifies as a genderqueer trans* individual and majored in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies while minoring in queer studied at California State University, Long Beach. Kanan was a leader of the Choice USA chapter at California State Long Beach and has been passionate about advocating for reproductive justice issues for people in the queer and trans* community. Kanan is dedicated to deconstructing hierarchies within the LGBTQ community and is continuously working for their voice to be heard as a transgender and queer activist.