Series 2 Episode 3: What was your biggest challenge growing up in Melbourne?


Carly Findlay Oam (she/her)
Writer, speaker and appearance activist

I moved to Melbourne when I was 21. Then, I didn’t identify as being disabled and I didn’t know how to ask for the things I needed, and so that was really hard. Coming to terms with that identity would have been easier to ask for accessibility provisions.

Lev Lu (he/him)
Mental health worker & digital content creator

Finding a place where I feel like I belong, ‘cause everyone in my circle, including my close friends at the time, were all cisgender and heterosexual. And I didn’t really feel like I had a place where I genuinely, like genuinely felt safe and felt like understood without having to explain myself and educate other people about my experiences. ‘Cause even putting myself out there in the LGBTIQ+ community, I felt scared of being judged. And then I started writing my own story about my experiences and my identity, which then led to more confidence, which then led to me being able to do more things, including connecting with other people putting myself out there to connect with other people.

Julia Coscolluela (she/her)
Youth Worker

So I actually came to Australia when I was 15 years old, which is a very awkward age to be in an even awkward age to be migrating to a completely new country. Coming from, like this one place that I lived in for 15 years to a completely different culture and society, where like things just work so differently. It was extremely challenging but I think ultimately it helped me grow a lot as a person and it turned me into the amazing young adult I am now.