The popular understanding of sexuality is that it develops from a young age and solidifies as a person grows older. “Gay” and “straight” are treated as the default categories, with labels like “bisexual” or “asexual” often entirely forgotten. Although in recent years, more space has been made for people who identify with being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or queer later in life.
Living our truth requires being with the people we love – and for some, this requires the courage to pursue a life they never imagined they would have. In this episode, I am joined by Ashleigh MacDonald – a professional dancer who identifies as lesbian having previously been in heterosexual relationships. Today, she shares how she met her current partner Rosie, what inspired her to live her truth, and how she overcame hardship along the way.
“I didn’t really know that bisexuality was a thing, I didn’t know that that existed.” [4:33-4:36]
“What’s bisexual? So, I went home and googled it and was like oh, that’s what I am. So, I had decided really early on that’s what I was.” [5:36-5:41]
“Humans don’t like change. So, I think that when you identify as something, even though you’re okay with the change and you’re okay with where you’re going, everyone else is like ‘woah’. [8:42-8:52]
“We were talking about, you know, goals and aspirations and life dreams and I really realized actually the path I’m on isn’t really honouring who I am.” [13:47-13:58]