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The SEXtember Wrap-up: What you may have missed

MISSED out on some of the big stories of SEXtember? We’ve collected all the best stories for you right here! Thanks to everyone who contributed and read our pieces along the way!


SEXtember: Game developer Nina Freeman talks intimacy and relationships in her game Cibele

INDEPENDENT game maker Nina Freeman re-created her first sexual experience with a person she met over the internet for her new game Cibele. Deborah Goh caught up with the American game developer to talk about Cibele, sexual awakenings, relationships and more!


SEXtember: New uni programs and initiatives to better serve LGBTIQ students

RECOGNISING a need to protect LGBTIQ students from all forms of discrimination, new university programs and initatives have been put in place to ensure students thrive at university and beyond. Amber Ziye Wang has more.


SEXtember: Being a transgender international student

IT’S hard enough being a student studying abroad but how much harder would it be if you were transgender international student? Dea Putra spoke to one transgender male student about his journey and addresses the misconceptions surrounding transgender people.


SEXtember: How the modern music video has given voice and hope to LGBTIQ communities

VIDEO has not killed the radio star! Music videos are still relevant today as evidenced by the bold short films and stories that are now being told about LGBTIQ people and their issues. Natalie Ng examines the significance of the modern music video.


SEXtember: What coming out means in Eastern and Western cultures

DESPITE the efforts of Western countries to make queer issues more aware globally, there are still parts the world where conservative values make queer engagement difficult. Amber Wang spoke to two international students — from the United States and China — to get their perspectives on what being gay means for them.


SEXtember: International students and their relationship with dating apps

WITH dating apps such as Tinder and Grindr becoming increasingly prevalent amongst young people, we ask some international students about why enjoy using these apps and offer ways in which you can have a fun but safe experience with meeting people online. Diana Ponce writes.


SEXtember: Female sexuality and empowerment music playlist

Marginalised by gender inequality and sexual dysfunction, women are often forced to repress their own sexuality and desires. Here’s a list of sexually motivational songs exploring female sexuality and empowerment to listen to this SEXtember.


SEXtember: Safe support space for LGBTIQ international students launching at Study Melbourne

RECOGNISING a need to create a safe and supportive community for LGBTIQ international students to feel comfortable being themselves, Victorian Aids Council and Study Melbourne will be opening a space for those reluctant to visit their university’s queer spaces. Dea Putra has more.


SEXtember: The Queer Coming of Age Film List

Coming of age films that focus on LGBTQ youth are particularly hard to find, but they are such necessary stories that need to be told and shared. Natalie Ng spotlights a selection of films focusing on the sexuality and coming of age of queer youth.


SEXtember: International students’ perspectives on LGBTQI issues

EACH country breeds its own cultural attitudes towards LGBTQI issues but is this truly indicative of what its people are thinking? Trinity College Foundation Studies students Emily Chou and Shamira Priyanka chat to other students to find out what they’ve noticed about LGBTQI issues in Australia, what it’s like in their own country and offer their own opinions.


SEXtember: Captive Prince author C.S. Pacat talks importance of diverse LGBTQ representation in fiction

FAR from being just another epic fantasy series of warring kingdoms and political intrigue, the Captive Prince books has captured the hearts of fans worldwide for its intense representation of queer relationships. Natalie Ng caught up with series’ author C.S. Pacat to discuss her process in crafting LGBTQ fiction and the need for diverse representation of LGBTQ characters and stories.


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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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