Paul Hagan-Rea was born in 1986 and lived in Crumlin, County Antrim. He has had a passion for military and political history from the age of 16. This passion led him to study a B.A. in history and heritage management at Chester University. On returning to Northern Ireland he joined the family timber business which has been established for over 50 years. To further his knowledge he studied a PGDP in Business at the University of Ulster. He has always been a strong supporter of equality for minority groups. He came out at the age of 18 to his family and friends and married his partner Samuel Hagan in October 2013. He has recently started researching the lives of the ordinary Irish soldiers who fought in the British army during the American War of Independence. As a member of the LGBT community he keeps a watchful eye over the issues and events which affect the LGBT community and the impact they have on that constituency’s lives.