Daniel Andersen
2 min read

The LBGT community have been apart of New Zealand society for a very long time, but that does not mean we are always accepted, we have fought for equal rights for decades since the 1980’s and earlier, but now things have completely changed, and now we have equal rights as straight couples, which is the best feeling ever.

One day an elderly woman told me I need to start praying and go to church because I need saving! But with moral support and love from people can make you better in yourself.


When I was younger my mother passed away, she taught me to be true to myself and no one else matters. However growing up in a small and old school community it wasn’t that simple, everyone seemed to look down on you, didn’t treat you the same as other people.

In the Wairarapa everyone seemed to be the same no one looked to be different, I tried to hide myself (personality) from people, that wasn’t the best way to live. People do and will look down on you for being different, but doesn’t mean you should look down on yourself and hide like I did when growing up.

And now? In 2018 I’m a hairdresser in Carterton a very small community & I love it, the people are more accepting and understanding than what they were, I love making people feel good about themselves, making them feel like a million dollars! Best feeling I could ever get.

My advice for people who are struggling is to be true to yourself.

Accepting yourself & being who you are, who you would like to be, is an important part and a big step of growing up and being truly happy, being proud of who you are and what you can achieve.

Last Updated on Jan 28, 2018

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