As one does with imaginary friends, I created the one that I needed: a strong, non-male role model to show me where to find freedom or how to create it for myself. Helping me to avoid fitting in the tight boxes that society had prepared for me.
My aunt’s relationships are mostly with women but other genders are not excluded. Her commitments range from closed to open, from monogamous to polyamorous, and sometimes her commitment is just to herself.
Auntie’s self-realisation started when she got her first car. Within a week she drove it to a pop festival, painted it in the colors of the rainbow, then – after coming home – witnessed it being destroyed for its looks.
This violent act marked a painful break with her past but also was the creation of… my aunt!