Not only was I culturally different, but my hearing impairment left me on one end of a communication gap I couldn't bridge.
SBS will bring you a live stream of the entire parade, as well as extensive coverage of the parade highlights with our wonderful hosts.
"In honor of Black History Month, we bow down to one of our Melanated Monas."
Next time you're sitting at home downing one halal aspartame drink after another, perhaps it’s worth a try to click online. It might not be the only thing you...
From being part of one of the largest ethnic groups in Australia, to one of the smallest here in the UK, I've never been so aware of my minority status until now.
Chocolate can't be in the house at any time under any circumstance, which is a shame for my kids.
The hardest part of caring for my parents so far has been accepting them for who they are.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras

Your Sydney Mardi Gras news hub. Everything that's happening! 

This year's Heaps Gay float is flying in parade marchers who have never attended the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
"You have to think deeper about why we vogue and do what we do, how we get to these spaces of fearlessness that are so athletic."
This year, news presenter Narelda Jacobs, comedian Joel Creasey and The Feed’s Patrick Abboud will be joined by local comedian Zoë Coombs Marr to host coverage of...
Mardi Gras should be understood as a spirit and attitude that, hopefully, anyone can tap into and rework if they feel that they need it.
Queer Screen's Mardi Gras Film Festival includes a number of new queer horror films, building on a rich history of the genre.
"Sydney will have the only rainbow-shaped rainbow crossing in the world!”
"Volunteering formed the basis of my drive and passion to give back to the community which looked after me so very well. It made me feel included."

Dive into our swim series

Celebrating all things about swimming and summer. 

On more than one occasion either at a beach or swimming pool, there has been a real danger of someone I know coming close to drowning.
Matilda Dixon-Smith doesn't usually notice when her weight changes - until a recent heatwave had her longing for the pool.
There's a freedom to being the only brown body on a white beach, but you are treated differently.
Swimming has always been synonymous with Australian identity. But for those plagued by anxieties about the water, this cultural fixation can stir the sense that...
My self-consciousness in wearing a burkini influenced my decision to steer clear of swimming pools. It all just felt too hard.
Not being able to swim well as an adult feels shameful. But what happens when you admit it and take lessons to learn how?
Sophia Auld shares how finding a passion for diving gave her the confidence boost to leave a dead end job and meet the love of her life.

Culture

Your stories. Your words.

Would you like to write for SBS Life? Send us an email at pitchtolife@sbs.com.au 

From being part of one of the largest ethnic groups in Australia, to one of the smallest here in the UK, I've never been so aware of my minority status until now.
Next time you're sitting at home downing one halal aspartame drink after another, perhaps it’s worth a try to click online. It might not be the only thing you...
As an Arab Muslim in a post 9/11 world, the lyrics of Kendrick Lamar and Tupac have resonated with the trials I've faced growing up as part of a minority in...
What has the garden taught me? We can let go of the negative stories and comparisons. We are so into our past or the future we want to create. Imagine if we let...
The appeal of astrology lies in its refusal of modern day “improvement” culture.

Opinion

The latest commentary on what's going on in our world. 

The image of the swarthy, foreign rapist builds upon long-running anti Semitic and Orientalist tropes, that commonly see women as property of the state to be defended...
Being a black person in a public space brings a feeling of fear no matter where you are.
It makes sense to have a diversity strategy that targets your audiences as well as your creative teams.
Kerri-Anne Kennerley used a classic deflecting tactic with Yumi Stynes on Studio Ten earlier this week on Australia Day. The result? An important conversation was...
We can't demand a nuanced representation of masculinity and then boycott every brand who dares paint men as anything other than stoic.

Health

 

Beyond studies and research, we examine how our health impacts the rest of our lives.  

Not only was I culturally different, but my hearing impairment left me on one end of a communication gap I couldn't bridge.
The idea that everyone else is working toward peace and centeredness fills me with a kind of dread.
The cold, stainless steel urinal is a place where many men feel self-conscious. I know I certainly did when I was at school. But size wasn’t my issue.
Being part of an AFL team meant I felt a strange sense of obligation, and couldn’t bring myself to just quit.
The current way we’re consuming digital content — mindlessly, constantly — could be contributing to an overall sense of depression and unease, akin to what might...
It’s maybe antithetical to have a selfish reason for giving compliments, but bringing other people amusement cures a bad mood like nothing else.
“I think the issue comes down to the cultural aspect of, ‘I don’t want to talk about my d*ck. It works fine. I don’t want to acknowledge that it doesn’t.’”

Sexuality

Celebrating the diversity of sexuality in Australia and its multicultural communities.

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"Sydney will have the only rainbow-shaped rainbow crossing in the world!”
The popular reality TV host has hit rock bottom and lived to tell the tale.
In popular culture, straight and gay male friendships onscreen are scarce.
I was in crisis. I fasted for 80 days. I vowed I wouldn't stop fasting until Allah gave me a sign and told me what he wanted me to do with my life.
Having ended in 2009, the iconic queer series is returning to Showtime.
"If the public could open their minds a little bit, we are ready to meet them."
LGBTIQ+ artists around the world got down to what they do best this year: making compassionate, important art.

Family

Parenting for modern families: new rules for a new age.

Feeding, swaddling and singing to a baby – how hard could it be? At classes, I paid little attention to anything else except childbirth.
Reading aloud with your child can strengthen the parent-child relationship and foster reading engagement.
In the dream a doctor looked up at me and said, “You’re pregnant, it’s a girl”.
Like most expecting first time mums, I was obsessed with the birth and I could not look beyond it. I figured I would learn to breastfeed when the time came.
In Greek culture, the elderly traditionally stay at home. The responsibility of looking after them falls to unmarried daughters. It can be a lonely and...
In Chinese culture, paying for something communicates respect, gratitude and kindness, and illustrates how much you value your relationship with a person.
Our daily exercise was simple: one page of journaling per day. A tiny ritual that would soon take me further into English, and away from my mother.

Relationships

Let's talk about it all: from love and dating to divorce and estrangement (and everything in between).

After getting my life back on track in other areas, I was determined that I wasn’t going to let an internet date paralyse me with fear and anxiety.
For people who have experienced emotional abuse in their romantic relationships, arguing—be it over what movie to see, what dish to order, or who should put out...
After eight years together, I’ve come to the conclusion that in a way, we’ve been in four different relationships with each other.
For people experiencing abusive relationships, often a big part of why leaving feels impossible is because of something psychologists call ‘trauma bonding’.
There is a positive to online dating in your 30s. I know who I am as a woman and what I actually like in a guy.
Gaslighting relies on lying, deceit, manipulation, which are couched in benevolent terms.
Just like the United States, racism preys on us here. Someone whispers ‘Blackie’ as they pass by me at a train station, or yells out ‘n*****’ down the aisle of...

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