A year spent overseas in Scotland showed me that there really are some special characteristics we share as Australians, and they’re not necessarily what you...
"As a breastfeeding mama this is SO incredible to me. It all makes sense now and it’s beautiful!"
My whole life I’d had the impression that an Egyptian husband was their biggest dream for me. Someone who shared our values, language and culture.
“It also makes me see things from outside the box. I don’t easily fall for lies, I can see through things.”
Chee explores the power that comes with giving voice to overlooked experiences — a mission that’s become more urgent in a world ruled by xenophobic instincts.
As a teenager, reading was a lifeline that opened my horizons. Literature was the hand that came out of the page and took mine, the hand that understood.
A number 1 debut album and powerhouse Coachella performance rounded out a great weekend for the rising star.

Christians Like Us

In this two-part series, 10 Australian Christians live together in a house for one week. Christians Like Us airs over two nights at 8.35pm, Wednesday April 3 and 10 on SBS. Catch up on episodes after broadcast on SBS On Demand.

Steve Smith, a participant in new SBS series Christians Like Us, reveals the long path to justice that followed four years of child sex abuse by an Anglican priest in...
Young Lebanese-Maronites in Sydney’s west jump over queues to get to confession. The line to communion at Egyptian-Coptic youth conventions stretches out and back...
There were plenty of thoughts and feelings when the first episode of SBS's new two-part documentary 'Christians Like Us' screened.
It is important to note that in many so-called ‘welcoming’ churches, ‘gay conversion’ ideology is alive and well.
The rituals and concepts of Christianity (the Trinity! The catechism!) were as exotic and curious to me as Ramadan must have been to mainstream Australians.
Strong communities don’t have to be built on a common nationality, ethnicity or religion. Just try walking into a Saturday morning CrossFit class and witness the...
The pastor holds his Bible aloft, recites a few sentences, drips water onto my head, and before I know it, it’s over.

Australia In Colour

Experience Australia’s story brought vividly to life when the 4-part series Australia in Colour premieres at 8.30pm on Wednesday 6 March on SBS. Available anytime, anywhere on your favourite device after broadcast on SBS On Demand.

This music had transcended so many cultures, languages and lifetimes – from Vietnam to England to Germany to Australia, 1965 to the 2010s – writing itself into the...
Cherry Parker, the first Japanese war bride to come to Australia, had to wait four years before she was allowed to come to Australia. War brides often faced...
Narrated by Hugo Weaving, this groundbreaking 4-part documentary series relives modern Australia’s history, for the very first time in stunning colour.
Colleano’s Indigenous heritage was unknown to his fans – which included one of history’s most infamous racists.
The first women to attempt to swim the English Channel, Kellerman sent a powerful message about female autonomy, sexual freedom and choice.
More than 200,000 women joined the workforce during the Second World War, forever transforming the role of women in society.
While white Australian women were given the vote in 1902, Indigenous women had to wait until 1962 for the same right.

Culture

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A year spent overseas in Scotland showed me that there really are some special characteristics we share as Australians, and they’re not necessarily what you expect.
Chee explores the power that comes with giving voice to overlooked experiences — a mission that’s become more urgent in a world ruled by xenophobic instincts.
As a teenager, reading was a lifeline that opened my horizons. Literature was the hand that came out of the page and took mine, the hand that understood.
Whenever I think about the future, whether it be in the next 10 or 50 years, there is no ancestral homeland for me to return to.
Watching Chris Lilley in Summer Heights High as a teen, I felt as if something was very off, and very wrong, even though I couldn’t really articulate what or why.

Opinion

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

Watching Chris Lilley in Summer Heights High as a teen, I felt as if something was very off, and very wrong, even though I couldn’t really articulate what or why.
Scrunchies, tiny sunglasses, bulky running shoes - your ability to pull off clothes that are intentionally unappealing depends heavily on your relationship with...
While my initial gut instinct is to be grateful for any type of queer representation, the reality is that mentioning it in passing and excluding it from the film...
Ardern is a woman in her 30s who despite questions around her youth, her inexperience and her gender, is showing the rest of the world what leadership looks like.
Let's talk about the invisible affirmative action that takes place everyday.

Health

 

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

Meals are generally acknowledged to be the most practical offering to be made to sick people and their families. Not always though - certain illnesses do not elicit...
"I sometimes felt scared to say anything, afraid of how it might be warped to fit a certain agenda, or how an innocuous story from my personal life could be used...
A ground-breaking initiative is using social networking to make it easier for us to help our older neighbours.
I found myself without home, without love, without the family I thought I had. So, if all this had all been taken away, what if I let everything go?
"I tried everything – every form of alternative medicine, every ancient Chinese secret – to quell my psychological horror."
I was diagnosed with OCD and anxiety, imposter syndrome and depression. But it took one major diagnosis for all of these to (mostly) fall away.
There's evidence that silence can be healing.

Sexuality

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

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"I vowed to never put myself through that anxiety over something that I had complete control over."
Ryan O’Connell plays himself in the series, which is based on his memoir, 'I'm Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves'.
"Introducing you all to my beautiful, extraordinary, courageous, inspiring life-partner, Nell!"
“Men like me, transgender men, are not supposed to be visible," Henry Sias says in his campaign video.
We must remember that sport is a human right, and should be accessible to everybody, regardless of gender identity.
I was raised in and still live with a strict Filipino Catholic family where my options are straight or straighter. The compartmentalisation required to keep my...

Family

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

As frustrated as I was with Garfunkel, after a time I realised it was a window into another life, too – my parents’.
Learning a kind and compassionate way to negotiate money, sex and other responsibilities becomes quite central to a relationship’s success.
There was a weird embodied sensation of time collapsing around me.
I want to teach my son that although racism has no excuse, he can’t educate people about his culture by reciprocating their outbursts or with violence.
I want her to know that her determination is a gift she can harness, and not an inconvenience to me.
When he laughs and tells me to 'f**k off mummy!’ I laugh and tell him the same.
As gung gung (maternal grandfather), there is less tai chi and more pram pushing. In his new role, he has shown emotions I never knew existed.

Relationships

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

"[My kids] were born who they are and exactly where in the world both of them get to find themselves as they grow up, and who they want to be, is not for me to decide."
My whole life I’d had the impression that an Egyptian husband was their biggest dream for me. Someone who shared our values, language and culture.
As an Egyptian Muslim girl, losing my virginity outside wedlock, to a white, Yorkshire boy who was unsure whether God even existed, was one of the sweetest...
"I’ve realised how often I sought emotional labour from the women in my life without reciprocating it."
What would change – in our relationships, our domestic life and society in general if men and women shared emotional labour equally?
I have dated outside my ethnic background and navigated differences in culture, religion, class and family expectations. None of it was easy.
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...

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