The test is simple - feature two women, who talk to each other, about something besides a man.
My fight or flight response activates the second I see an acquaintance in passing and my immediate reaction is to find a place to hide.
The first time I had my learner’s driver’s licence, I was 17 years old and only drove a handful of times. The fear was so debilitating that I never even left my...
The shoot has reignited the debate about how fashion magazines photograph Black women.
It was there that I finally learned the insights that my Nanna had to share about our heritage.
Rita Ora to head a star-studded line-up including Electric Fields, G Flip and Montaigne.

Voices Video

Cute Meets
These couples recount that moment when they met and fell in love.
  • Produced by SBS Voices

Queer Love in Colour

We celebrate the voices of emerging queer writers in this special memoir collection curated for Mardi Gras.

Being a part of the LGBTQIA+ community and having an ethnic background has its own demons to battle but I don’t think I could have picked a more amazing supporter if I...
The life of a teenager, especially a closeted one, is filled with confusion – dance was one thing that always made sense.
"I was a black. I was gay. I was living in bloody Adelaide!"
Playing football had become a way of keeping up appearances. I found guys were hesitant to challenge my sexuality if they saw I was participating in the same...
Vin. My gentle giant, my confidant, the only person to whom I’d let my queerness slip.
On paper my dad and I should have been at odds. My dad had lived in this small country his whole life. He was a tradie and high school woodwork teacher. A big man...
I thought that everyone had just made a huge mistake, that I had somehow been incorrectly labelled a boy by some doctor.

Pride

Celebrating the diversity of the LGBTIQ+ community in Australia.

Follow SBS Pride on Facebook. 

Do you have a story to share? Email us at voices@sbs.com.au

Rita Ora to head a star-studded line-up including Electric Fields, G Flip and Montaigne.
Everyone is having to do things a little bit differently this year, and the Mardi Gras team is no different.
"Transitioning has enabled me to be open to (unconditional love). God loves me just as I am. This is how he created me."
My fight or flight response activates the second I see an acquaintance in passing and my immediate reaction is to find a place to hide.
Back in 1979, the community debated whether to proceed with a second Mardi Gras for fear of further violence. Ultimately choosing yes, Minnis was a marshal with a...
Looking for inspiration ahead of the March SCG parade? We've got you covered.
"Prince single-handedly taught me that, as a (straight, cis) dude, I could be "feminine"/androgynous & still be sexy."

Culture & Society

Your stories. Your words.

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

The test is simple - feature two women, who talk to each other, about something besides a man.
It’s the kind of food that takes considerable effort and much preparation. Men and women tend to vines with adoration and precision, old ladies spend their...
First meant to buoy my school interactions as other kids found it difficult to say my name, Helen began to follow me throughout my life more prominent than my...
Brit Bennett's book captured the zeitgeist, soared to the top of the bestseller list, and led to a seven-figure Hollywood deal.
My own children are biracial like Osaka. There's nothing like having role models who look like you, to encourage you to push yourself further.
It’s one of the toughest parts of the parenting journey.
When I asked my daughter what her friends at school said about her curry lunch, she responded: “they said I was lucky.”

Health

 

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

The first time I had my learner’s driver’s licence, I was 17 years old and only drove a handful of times. The fear was so debilitating that I never even left my...
There’s a difference between taking care of yourself and constantly scanning to spruce and polish and fix and strengthen and lengthen and tone.
I think the Holocaust was the trigger for me. I didn’t live through it. I am what they call a second-generation survivor.
I did the best thing I could for my mental health - I took a social media break.
Never mind that for the last few years, I hadn’t been able to leave my house alone. Here I was going half way across the world by myself.
Is anxiety useful too? And if not, why would my body have evolved an entirely useless response?
I looked at my beautiful baby and I cried about the unfairness of it all. Was I to blame? It should have been me who suffered, not him. Was this my punishment,...

Sweatshop Collective

A partnership with Western Sydney writers’ collective Sweatshop, now in its second year, showcases stories from diverse perspectives. 

 

It wasn’t just the making of the food, it was the stories she told me while we prepared it.
I flew here with a one-way ticket vowing never to return. I tried to learn everything about the culture. Trying to ‘assimilate’ I became a St Kilda supporter...
Whilst many queer spaces centre sexual liberation, my birth mum maintains cultural values around sexual modesty.
Mixed heritage is a common reality for modern day Egyptians, who are as ethnically complex as our ancestor, Cleopatra. Yet, like the fabled Queen, we claim and...
Throughout my late teens and early 20s, the first response I usually got when I came out to people was, ‘What does your family think?’
Each cell of our body contains all the habit energies of all generations of ancestors.
Of all the Chens at Sydney Girls, it had to be Vivian and Alice. After what happened last week, I do not want to face them. I go straight into the first cubicle...

Read the winning entries

Of more than 2000 entries submitted to the inaugural Emerging Writers' Competition these are the top four prizewinning stories, as judged by Melissa Lucashenko and Benjamin Law. 

www.sbs.com.au/writers

SBS Emerging Writers’ Competition Winner: Alana Hicks.

Schism

How it feels to be a First Nations person inside a colonial education system
Emerging Writers’ Competition Highly Commended: Amy Duong.
Emerging Writers’ Competition Highly Commended: Nakul Legha.
Four winners have been chosen from thousands of entries into the inaugural SBS Emerging Writers' Competition. Read more about their writing journey and what...

Emerging Asian-Australian Writers

Read stories about love, sexuality, family and mental health by up and coming Asian-Australian voices, in an essay series edited by Candice Chung. 

When my daughter was finally old enough to read my books, I gave her a copy of each one. I have never been more scared about a reader’s feedback my whole life.
Besides affordability, there are other barriers that deter culturally and linguistically diverse Australians from addressing their mental health.
It is a powerful feeling to not only buck the trend, but to undo any prejudice or expectation that I should follow suit in a traditional career path.
To Filipinos, the family tree is always filled with a few extra branches - and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Everything is on the table during our catch ups: Who is having sex whilst working from home? How is everyone coping with their kids? Who might be losing their job?
For many trans people, changing their name is an important part of embodying identity. But what if your name also carries your cultural heritage?
I’m beginning to say my name the way my mum utters it. I’m reclaiming my accent and it’s drawing me closer to my identity as Filipino-Australian.

Emerging Muslim women writers

Highlights from some of the most exciting emerging Muslim Australian writers.  

I missed out on the joy of swimming carnivals as a kid, but here is how I am now making up for lost time.
Growing up, I never saw anyone like me in the media or saw any (non-villainous) Muslim characters in TV shows or movies.
Black Lives Matter is forcing important conversations about race. But what we won’t voice, is that we too, the non-black Muslim community, have absorbed anti...
For me it starts, with being unapologetically proud of being a Pakistani-Muslim Indigenous woman. It starts by sharing our stories and celebrating who we are.
Did you ever in your most outlandish dreams think you would make it to the land down under? I hope I can make you proud after all you have sacrificed for me.
Even though we may be physically separated there is something sweet about knowing that cards with my messy handwriting sit in the homes of my friends.
I am an atheist, but I'm also a cultural Muslim and it took me many years of heated debates and a frustrating search for an identity to come to this conclusion.

Family

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

A second language can be a superpower.
It’s one of the toughest parts of the parenting journey.
Children from minority backgrounds rarely see themselves reflected in the books they’re exposed to.
Growing up, I was always a bystander when my parents argued about finances, and I’m a bystander again, catching intimate and familiar moments when Jacob and...
“It says you have no luck in romance this year,” he wrote. “Don’t be too sad. Better things are waiting for you.”
While my son will be graduating from being a pre-schooler to a schoolboy, I will also be graduating - going from that exhausting but exhilarating phase of having...
There are moments throughout the day where I’ll snap because it’s all just getting too much. And when it does happen, the guilt naturally follows.

Relationships

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

As my father paused at a red light, he turned towards me and said, “you’re not allowed to have a boyfriend until you get married”.
My husband and I thought that we would sleep separately until the morning sickness stopped, but it never did.
My father was married, in fact he still is, to a woman he once described as his “best friend” but this woman was not, is not, my mother.
My in-laws only speak Bengali, while my parents only speak Mandarin. To make matters more confusing, my husband and I communicate only in English. At times, the...
It’s hard because you dilute who you are, or at least who you feel safe to be with older friends.
"Here I was thinking that I was a work in progress when in-fact I was a piece of work as I still harboured the same outdated views that my father and his father...
The mothering experience I had growing up was complex, dark and painful and as a result, I developed dysfunctional coping mechanisms.This pain is called the ...

More dispatches from Voices

5043results