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Every family has different challenges to overcome, and different ways of dealing with those challenges.
Follow our Common Ground families as they tackle the big issues faced by every day kiwis, and have your say on how they could work together to get through it.
Gabe is a Samoan teen who has recently become more aware of his attraction to other boys, and feels that there is no one around him who would understand what he’s going through.
Me, Myself and I follows Gabe, a Samoan teen, growing up in New Zealand. Gabe does well at school and is well liked by his peers. He values his place in the church and within the Samoan community, and he has a strong sense of family and responsibility.
Recently, Gabe has become increasingly aware of his attraction to other boys. At first he thought it was something he could ignore, but he is beginning to realise that this is not something that will simply go away.
Though he would like to talk to someone about these fears, Gabe feels there is no one around him who would understand what he’s going through…
Maybe you’ve supported someone through something similar, or you’ve gone through it yourself and can tell us what helped you.Leave a comment
Jimmie is one of Gabe’s friends and is openly gay. Quick-witted, he usually reverts to humour to navigate the realities of his sexual identity when interacting with people.Read more