Coming out as transgender
Radhika Sanghani A month after announcing she was transgender, former radio DJ Stephanie Hirst opens up to Radhika Sanghani about her previous life as Simon, finding true happiness and finally having a 'booty'
BENJAMIN LAW It's lovely seeing every sector of the community happily shopping together: students; families; gays; dogs; gay dogs.
Scott Hannaford "It's like a tornado that levels everything you've ever done, everything you ever were, and you've got to start again."
NATALIE REILLY In defense of the delicate ecosystem of single-sex classrooms.
Anna C. Bloomberg [Trigger warning: discussion of sexual assault]
Nicki Reed Grief is an adventure on the sad edge of a cliff and there’s no healing in denial.
Judith Newman For a long time many of us wanted an imaginary friend, and now we have one. Only she’s not entirely imaginary.
Paddy O'Reilly Paddy O'Reilly reflects on our very human reaction when confronted with physical difference.
BENJAMIN LAW The next time your dinner-party conversation is lagging, throw this friendly ice-breaker into the mix.
Lisa Pryor It takes courage to make this switch.
Stephen Lacey Now married for 33 years, a Hare Krishna couple share the secrets to their strong relationship.
Kate Allatt Stroke survivor Kate believes we should always assume a patient is conscious until we have absolutely proven otherwise.
Jenny Valentish Fiction's surprising role in helping survivors of child sex abuse.
Elana Benjamin With leaving exams looming, Elana Benjamin reflects on why there’s more to school than achieving a high final mark.
Amanda Hooton And this is what happened.
MIA TIMPANO Let's call it what it is: the term 'women's intuition' breeds a distrust for the female mind.
A Taronga Zoo staffer has become surrogate dad to a wallaby joey whose mother was killed by a car near Sydney.
Nicole Cowles "Choosing Medical Cannabis was possibly the hardest decision I have ever made. But I don’t regret it."
On being different
Ivan Hinton I grew up in a small country town and from a very early age I knew there was something different about me.
Rachel Swarns She could have been the girl who poured you a cup of hot coffee, right before you rushed off to catch your afternoon train. Maybe you noticed her huddled over an empty table in the station, dozing in the lonesome hours between one shift and another.
BENJAMIN LAW Throughout my 20s, I was basically immortal. My hair was thick and ropey like some Oriental Samson, I didn't need to exercise to stay lean and hangovers would slide off me like I was teflon.
Jenny Nordberg In Afghanistan, the pressure to produce a son leads some families to disguise their daughters as boys.
NICOLE ELPHICK Matt Kulesza, a student from Melbourne, is adding some real-life familiarity to his faceless Facebook friends with his Tumblr project, 1000+ Coffees.
Patricia Pearson How do some people know when they will die? There are many things we know about dying and death that we choose to ignore.
Claire Zorn "So we don’t ask for help. We keep quiet, put on a smile and when someone asks how we are we don’t tell them about the horrible pictures that run through our heads."
As told to Robyn Doreian When Shiloh Middlemiss was diagnosed with leukaemia as a teenager, it was her younger brother Jude who gave her the gift of life.
Romance on the rack
Robyn Windshuttle Robyn Windshuttle recalls her long affair with a man who was charming, charismatic ... and a major cocaine dealer.
DOM KNIGHT Dom Knight is not a happy camper.
Leslie Morgan Steiner Leslie Morgan Steiner on why women stay.
Jemma Clancy For sufferers of large-scale trauma, sometimes there's no such thing as 'getting closure'.
Bee Orsini "Work was hard. I was living with a constant poker face. I would make phone calls in the building’s fire stairwell to secure a bed each night, then go back in to the office and lead a team."
Suicide Prevention Day
Alex Aulich Alex lost her husband Damien to suicide eight weeks before she gave birth to their daughter. As today marks World Suicide Prevention Day, she shares her story.
Insight: My Fault?
A destructive childhood led Tara to a life of abuse, self-harm and drug addiction. But she's since redefined herself from 'victim' to 'person'.
JEWEL TOPSFIELD "This is very serious," the physician says gently.
Kate Iselin “Can I take a photo of you?” he asked, out of the blue. “Sure,” I responded, after a moment of thought.
Lisa I always knew I could be a surrogate. I’m not sure why, but for some reason, I just knew.
KASEY EDWARDS How our obsession with marriage and procreation being the ultimate in female fulfilment hurts all women.
Good job, internet
Anna Whitelaw A gay teenager has received $90,000 from an internet campaign after a horrifying video of his experience coming out to his parents went viral.
Kristin Battista-Frazee Kristin Battista-Frazee recalls how her dad went from stockbroker to pornbroker.
COSIMA MARRINER Meet three generous people who gave the gift of life to complete strangers.
ANNABEL CRABB As an adult, the discovery that one is harbouring an unspecified number of small scuttling insects in one’s hair brings about a number of confronting results.
Sarah Dingle The shocking revelation she was conceived using a sperm donor was nothing to the news Sarah Dingle may never find her father.
Triple the fun
What's cuter than one baby panda? Three baby pandas that have the same birthday.
A horrifying attack at the hands of her ex may have left Italian lawyer Lucia Annibali badly disfigured, but it did not defeat her.
KERRI SACKVILLE Saying no to a date is easy compared to rejecting someone who wants to be a friend.
Laurie Penny How should we forgive men who have hurt us? Is it even possible?
"I'm not sure I'm the person who can handle being the mother of a toddler and chemo."
Returning to Australia
As told to Danielle Colley Belgian tourist Kirsten Vanhentenrijk had been in Sydney for two days when she was brutally raped. She returned home immediately. At the request of local residents she has returned to Sydney this week. [trigger warning discussion of sexual assault]
Moment of zen
Try it before you buy it.
JOHN SILVESTER [Trigger warning: description of sexual assault]
SARAH MACDONALD Elizabeth Gilbert thinks we should stop using the word 'balance' as a weapon against each other.
Amelia Wallace As a child, Amelia Wallace was consumed by anger with her dad. She overcame this to ask him to walk her down the aisle.
Time to change
Mark Dapin When the founder of The Huffington Post woke up in a pool of blood, she knew life had to change.
ALICE WILLIAMS How do you tell the difference between what's 'professional' and 'inappropriate'?
Katherine McQuay Lewis My husband, Dave, may officially be the sick one in our marriage, but his steadily declining health is also doing a real number on my mental and physical well-being.
Trying to walk again
Matt Battista The heartache and reality of investing in stem cell treatment.
Jacinta Tynan Jacinta Tynan on why friends are there for the tough times, but it can be a different story when the going is good.
Men at work
Georgia Cassimatis Georgia Cassimatis speaks to three fathers who've taken on the role.
When Lorri Davis began corresponding with a convicted murderer, she never thought she'd fall in love.
Andrew P. Street One of the biggest design problems with the human brain is that it's inconveniently stuck inside one's skull instead of standing in the beer garden at 2am slapping the phone from one’s hand and saying “No! Do NOT message that person! That’s a terrible status update! In any case, ‘hook-up’ is hyphenated!”