Members of the Sikh religion began coming to Australia from the earliest days of foreign arrivals, though due to persecution in India, the population has expanded quite rapidly in the last decade.
With its most visible article of faith, the turban, inviting prejudicial behaviour from the community, we asked Australian Sikh Harjit Singh to tell us a few things about what Sikhs believe. Struggling with identity over the years, Harjit set up Turbans and Trust with some mates, a simple idea making a big difference.
Aisha Novakovich started life as Nancy. Her Yugoslav Orthodox father and Indonesian Muslim mother arrived in Australia to the opal town of Coober Pedy when Aisha was six weeks old. Very quickly there were three little sisters and shortly after her Dad passed away, leaving her mother, who had little English, alone and destitute. Those circumstances were the beginning of the building of a most resilient, optimistic and inquisitive human being. In this interview AIsha touches on her dalliance with radicalisation and her deep contemplation of Islam.
In a remarkable and candid conversation, trans man Nick Lawrence shares his story, leading from refusal to wear feminine clothes as a little child, to coming out as a lesbian in her teens while pursuing a career as a motor mechanic and finally realising that transition was the only way forward. After finding it difficult to get support and answers around his transition, Nick started Transmen of WA, a project that takes up more of his time than his full time job.