Chloe Swarbrick on being queer, depression and starting a family


In a new book, Auckland Central and Green MP Chloe Swarbrick is among 30 New Zealanders who have shared their experiences about being queer in New Zealand. Here is an abridged extract.

I remember being attracted to girls at Epsom Girls', but I was also attracted to boys. Katy Perry's song I Kissed a Girl and I Liked It was out at the time, so that performative bisexuality was very high profile, but it wasn't seen as a realistic sexuality; it was just what girls would act out to get boys to like them. The openly lesbian girls I knew at school were presenting in a more butch way, which I didn't identify with either. I pushed those feelings away assuming it must just be an admiration that I have for women, so I never properly considered that side of myself.

Read the full article in the New Zealand Herald here.