(Part 1 of 2) I was born just when the post-apartheid era started in South Africa. As a young kid, I remember everything being really exciting and colourful, with a lot of acceptance for difference. But when I was 7 we moved from that to the very conservative eastern suburbs of Adelaide.

I went to an elite all-girls private school, which was a real shock to my system. I had to really conform to this idea that success was based on things like your career and the newest vehicle you were driving. As a result, I went through moments of being very withdrawn and experiencing social anxiety because I had to put on such a performance in order to be accepted. Mostly, I felt I was just a shadow of… More