• (L-R) Narelda Jacobs presents SBS Live Broadcast of Mardi Gras, 'KIKI' Documentary and 'Letis in Waiting' Documentary (Various/Supplied)Source: Various/Supplied
It's Mardi Gras season and we're celebrating all the LGBTQ+ People of Colour and First Nations mob!
NITV Staff Writers

21 Feb 2020 - 4:09 PM  UPDATED 24 Feb 2020 - 12:38 PM

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2020 LIVE

Saturday, 29 Feb at 7.30pm (simulcast with SBS)

For the first time for the SBS Network, the 2020 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras will be broadcast live on television. Join Joel Creasey, Narelda Jacobs, Courtney Act and Zoë Coombs Marr as they host entertaining coverage of the parade at Oxford Street, Sydney.

Available to live stream on SBS On Demand


Leitis in Waiting

Saturday, 22 February at 7.30pm

Documentary, Leitis in Waiting tells the story of Joey Mataele and the Tonga leitis, an intrepid group of native transgender women fighting a rising tide of religious fundamentalism and intolerance in their South Pacific Kingdom. With unexpected humour and extraordinary access to the Kingdom's royals and religious leaders, this emotional journey reveals what it means to be unique in a society ruled by tradition, and what it takes to be accepted without forsaking who you are.

A place for Letis: Joey Joleen Mataele on being transgender in Tonga
Meet Joey Mataele, the leader of an intrepid group of 'Leitis' (Indigenous transgender women) who are fighting a rising tide of religious fundamentalism and intolerance in Tonga.

Available on SBS On Demand after broadcast



Sunday, 23 February at 10.20pm

Winner of the Best Documentary award at the Berlin International Film Festival 2016, KIKI is a dynamic coming of age story about agency, resilience and the transformative art form that is 'Voguing'.

KIKI offers riveting and complex insight into the daily lives of a group of LGBTQ youth-of-colour who comprise the “Kiki” scene, a vibrant, safe space for performance created and governed by these activists.

Following members of the scene as they prepare for and perform at exuberant Kiki balls in New York City, this documentary highlights the infectious joy of these performances, while also foregrounding the scene's urgent social function as an alternative family structure. 

"We are strong as f__k”: Learning resilience from the NYC 'Kiki' scene.
“It’s really important to me that people who see this film know that the support and the love that we have for each other is what helps us get through these things."

Available on SBS On Demand after broadcast


Queen of the Desert

Wednesday, 26 February at 8.00pm

She may have pink hair extensions, sleek painted-on eyebrows, glitter stockings and superman hotpants, but Northern Territory's Starlady, is also a youth worker in some of Australia’s most remote and challenging places.

Her tools are unique - scissors, bleach and hair colour. Like a real-life Priscilla, Starlady takes us on a Queen of the Desert journey to Areyonga, an Indigenous community in Central Australia, where she works with a group of curious and cheeky young people.

Stream Queen of the Desert on SBS On Demand


The Stars Will Do 

Wednesday, 26 February at 8.30pm

This is the story of three young ‘effeminate‘ men, RaeRae or Mahu, as they’re called in French Polynesia.

Equipped with little cameras, they become the directors of their own identity quest and invite us into their everyday life, sharing their joy but also their grief with us and hence inviting us to reflect on our prejudices and mindsets concerning transgender people.

The Stars Will Do is a film that sheds light on the situation of the Mahu in contemporary Polynesian society, told by themselves in their own words and images.

Available on SBS On Demand after broadcast


Black Divaz

Saturday, 29 February at 10.30pm

Black Divaz goes behind the glitz, glamour and hot glue guns of the inaugural Miss First Nation pageant.

Over five days, contestants battle it out in fierce lip-synching battles, photoshoots with crocodiles and challenges that will see each contestant stretch more than just their wardrobe choices.

Black Divaz is an NITV commissioned documentary which follows each contestant as they talk candidly about what brought them to this glittering stage, their triumphs and tragedies and what being Miss First Nation means for themselves and their communities.

Available on SBS On Demand after broadcast



Thursdays, 8.30pm

Faboriginal is an Indigenous art show that not only will have you rolling on the floor in laughter but you’ll most definitely learn a thing or two along the way. Written and hosted by the sexiest, funniest Aboriginal comedian, actor and musician Steven Oliver, Faboriginal is a TV quiz show for NITV that brings together two teams captained by Elaine Crombie and Daniel Browning with guests including Shari Sebbens, Meyne Wyatt, Leah Flanagan, Christine Anu and Bjorn Stewart.

Over 8 episodes, Faboriginal takes viewers on a journey of subjects including Love, Longing, Family, Environment, Country, Rights, Community and Truth-Telling through the Art Gallery of NSW art collection. Faboriginal brings together a cast of Australia’s most notable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander celebrities to showcase Indigenous art and culture through a high-camp, fabulous and most of all, entertaining first-ever all Indigenous quiz show.

All episodes available to binge On Demand now


Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras runs 14 February - 1 March 2020. Explore the program at the official website