"I'm a romantic at heart. I let my heart lead me, sometimes to my own detriment. I was beyond happy when gay marriage was legalised in my country of New Zealand as it accepted that our love was no different than that of anyone else.

"When I first came out as a homosexual, I naturally looked to the media for a portrayal of what I thought I should be. This image didn't show romance or falling in love, but rather the opposite.

"Through my own trials and errors, friendships forged, lovers lost, but most importantly opening my eyes to all aspects of my community around me. I have found my place."

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