The Other is a series of profiles and stories of ‘the other’ Australians – people with diverse backgrounds, lives, interests and needs outside of the mainstream.

You can get involved by writing/recording a story and submitting it here.

Us, we, and them – an introduction to The Other megastory

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by Ellie Freeman

Despite living on the same land under the shared concept of a nation, there are different rules for ‘other’ people in Australia. People from ‘other’ cultural backgrounds. People who are ‘other’ genders, and select partners based on another sexuality. People with ‘other’ bodily characteristics. People with ‘other’ lives.

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Ceezy: The story of a young Cook Island musician

Image: Musician Jacob “Ceezy” Herman. Credit: Dan Baebler

Image: Musician Jacob “Ceezy” Herman. Credit: Dan Baebler

By Danielle Golding

Ceezy is an emerging hip hop and R’n’B artist who performs regularly in and around his community.

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From an other to another through the airwaves: the history of 4AAA

Rainbow serpent at 4AAA mural in West End. Credit: Damian West

Rainbow serpent at 4AAA mural in West End. Credit: Damian West

by Damian West

During the 1970s and 80s in Brisbane and around the nation, First Nations communities started to recognize the power of radio and other media as a way to rewrite themselves back into history and to hold their ground – which led to the creation of radio 4AAA (98.9FM).

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Jaxxon: Becoming a Man

Transgender man Jaxxon Chilli. Credit: Davina Jones.

Transgender man Jaxxon Chilli. Credit: Davina Jones.

by Davina Jones

Jaxxon Chilli is a transgender man with an “unbelievably amazing life”. But Jaxxon’s life didn’t start out that way. He talking about his early struggles with his gender identity to Davina Jones, announcer on 4ZZZ’s Dykes on Mykes program.

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Tristram: Powerchair Footballer

Image: Tristram Peters, UQ Journalism/Arts student and wheelchair athlete. Credit: Ellie Freeman.

Image: Tristram Peters, UQ Journalism/Arts student and wheelchair athlete. Credit: Ellie Freeman.

by Ellie Freeman

As the Australian Socceroos hope to qualify for the World Cup, athlete Tristram Peters is hoping to compete internationally in the Powerchair Football Championships.

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Stories from Australians with a refugee background

Saba Abraham, owner of MuOoz Restaurant and Eritrean refugee. Credit: Ellie Freeman

Saba Abraham, owner of MuOoz Restaurant and Eritrean refugee. Credit: Ellie Freeman.

by Ursula Skjonnemad

Real people respond to the rhetorical questions of why asylum seekers come here and what they contribute to the community.

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The Wedding that wasn’t (then was)

Image: Brides, Kristan and Barbie kiss. Credit: Ellie Freeman.

Image: Brides, Kristan and Barbie kiss. Credit: Ellie Freeman.

by Ellie Freeman

It was meant to be a protest wedding, but a last minute decision turned the stunt into a heartfelt union between two women.

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