I grew up in a conservative Greek migrant community in Melbourne, so I understand what it's like to live under the pressure of upholding appearances. I spent most of my life chained to cultural expectations – marrying young, following my religion, studying business – and not feeling like I had much say in the matter that is my life. But I am not an anomaly, and it isn't just the Greeks. Many migrant communities operate based on appearances, including Catholic and other Christian circles. The funny thing is that many people who think they aren't being held to ransom by their culture or community really are. Some are unaware of it, others choose to let it happen; and it is their right to live their life this way. But when hypocrisy affects issues like equality and LGBTI rights, I have a real problem with it.
August 23 / Sydney Morning Herald