SEXtember: It’s gonna get hot in here…

WE’RE proud to be bringing sexy back again this September SEXtember and once more will be raising awareness of sexual issues within the international student space all month long! Find out how you can contribute and what you can expect from us this year for SEXtember.


Sex. It’s the very thing that can either bring cringe-inducing fear to those who would rather not talk about it or cause those who are open to that talk to perhaps overshare way too much information.

Since 2012, we’ve produced a lot of stories about sex. We’ve talked about the problem with sex education in conservative Asian countries, explored the reality of having a “friend with benefits” and opened up about international students working in the sex industry.

We’ve even welcomed contributions from readers who’ve talked about female virginity in Vietnam and sex before marriage.

But this year, SEXtember will see a slightly different focus.

With the recent news of USA’s landmark decision to approve same sex marriage across all 50 states as well as the celebration of Caitlyn Jenner’s transition and other transgender celebrities like Orange is the New Black‘s Laverne Cox, Meld Magazine will this year focus its attention on issues that affect international students within LGBTIQ communities.

While SEXtember will still continue to function as a means to provide international students with a safe environment where they can find information on sexual issues and become more educated and aware, our predominant focus on LGBTIQ communities will hopefully spread further awareness and build acceptance.

For those who want to send in stories about their experiences or simply want to ask a question – but want to remain anonymous – here’s how:

  1. Head to
  2. Log in using the username  
  3. Type in the password meldsextember 
  4. Then send your email to

We look forward to hearing from you!

SEXtember is brought to you by Meld Magazine in partnership with Red Aware.

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Meld Magazine was incorporated as an independent not-for-profit media outlet in September 2008 to reach out to international students in Melbourne, and provide students the opportunity to gain real work experience.

Many international students live in or around the city because of the proximity to their colleges and universities, and that was where we decided to focus our efforts first. Many of us live, work and study locally too. Our editorial team is made of both local and international students, and it has worked to our advantage in providing local content in every sense of the word.

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