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Janaya used to warn prospective friends about her aboriginality and her mum's girlfriend before inviting them home... now, if they're not cool with it, they're not part of her life.

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Comment by Rainbow Family Tree on November 16, 2009 at 15:08
Brown Baby - by Janaya Newchurch

The story I have made means a lot to me. It show’s two aspects of my life - one side about being a proud Aboriginal woman and how society and friends react to that, and the other side is about my mum and her being a part of the gay community. These two parts of my life have made me the person I am today.

I made this story because, even if we can’t see it, there are a lot of people in my situation and I want to let them know it’s normal. You can be proud to just be yourself, to stand up for yourself and your family.

I was inspired to write my story due to the racism and homophobia that are around me constantly. Judgmental attitudes have such a huge impact on me and my family. My Mother, step mother and Father inspired me to come out and share this story with the community.

I didn’t have too many difficulties making this story but I was concerned about presenting my family and friends to the public. I hoped they would be ok about me telling people about them and using their photographs to show what I was feeling.

Hearing all the other stories in the group made me even more open minded. After writing and making mine, I am motivated to do something in society that will make a change… and hope that others can see that everything in my life is normal and we are all equal.
Comment by Seanie on October 13, 2009 at 20:37
Great vid!!! I love what you said about if someone has a problem with 'it' then they're not a part of your life. I totally agree. I'm finishing video at the moment about my journey, but I enjoy watching other peoples' videos and hearing their stories. Thankyou.
Comment by Sharon Hatswell on September 28, 2009 at 23:00
Gorgeous Janaya - good on you!!
Comment by Melina MIchelle Magdalena on September 6, 2009 at 15:49
Janaya, that is a gorgeous story. Good on you! May I just share with you that as a teacher of refugee and migrant students, I'm genuinely fascinated by the many different ways that people's cultural background is expressed in their physical appearances. Genetics is an amazing thing. I worry a little that when my partner and I have children they won't be genetically connected through their mums, but I also know that family is a lot more than just genetic connection and looking alike.

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