Growing up in a big Samoan family in Sydney, I was raised in a very sheltered yet very traditional Samoan cultural household, with strict rules and religion. I was always the black sheep or very different by nature.
But I am more than flesh and bone, color and gender.
I don’t follow labels or feel a sense of belonging by category.
I’ve always felt a free spirit within my soul, even when being caged by family, society, and culture.
Now, in adulthood, I feel included and respected as an equal to my siblings and other family members, as my true authentic self.