2019 launched the first ever Sex and Sexuality Week at La Trobe!

A week packed full of events that focused on positive sexual engagement and gave students an opportunity to learn about sex, gender and diversity, affirmative consent, bystander intervention, sexual health and how to be safe online.


Over 500 students attended live events throughout the week, the highlights being the Sex and Sexuality trivia put on by student leaders, Drag Bingo, An Awkward Questions Panel and our Condom Fairies giving out free condoms, dentals dams and leaflets on contraception. 

Summaries and thoughts from students: 


The Sex and Sexuality Week Trivia night by Sarah Murphy:


The goal of the trivia was to educate residents about sex, sexuality and gender in a fun and interactive way. The residents who attended the trivia actively took part in their teams and they all worked together to answer the questions to the best of their ability. They also completed challenges that made the trivia more fun and exciting. The categories for the trivia included movies and TV about sex, sexual reproduction, contraceptives, STI’s, gender, music and consent. Some of the challenges included who could blow up the biggest condom balloon, who could name the most contraceptives and who could keep condoms off the ground the longest. Residents were also able to indulge in fruit platters as well as popcorn, crackers and dips throughout the night that was set out by the health and wellbeing RA’s.


At the end of the night, all the points were totalled, and the winners were given their prizes. First prize winners earned themselves massage vouchers while the team who came in second earnt Dymocks gift cards. There were also small prizes handed out throughout the night and they were vouchers to receive a free college hoodie from Accommodation Services.


Everyone enjoyed their night at the trivia and some testimonials of the event include:


“I actually learnt so much at the trivia, no joke.”
“I had so much fun. I had no idea how much I actually didn’t know.”
“I enjoyed it so much, when’s the next event? I can’t wait!”
“I never thought learning about sex would be so much fun.”

Drag Bingo – Bingo with a twist!

“I thought that yesterday’s event really well. The Drag Queens really did a hell of a job to put up a wonderful show for us to get entertained. I hope to see the drag queens come again next year”

“It was one of the funniest and most entertaining games of bingo I have ever played.”

“A great way to get rid of any stress from any assignments. As well as a great night to meet new people and hang out with friends.”

“It was incredibly entertaining, a great way to finish the day, and heaps of fun for everyone!”

Awkward Questions Panel

We had a Sexologist, Sexual Health Nurse and a Student Leader who answered all LBQTIA+ questions come and answer any and all questions that students put to them.

"I thought it was really engaging. Very interesting to hear the questions and the answers as well. Also, the cupcakes were very yummy too!"

"I thought that the panellists were fantastic and the answers that they provided for the questions were really helpful. I learnt some new things as well!"

"I felt the scope of the questions was well covered by the panellists and it was great to get some answers for the awkward questions"

"The panellists were so knowledgeable and really normalised the questions being asked and created a safe space for people to ask personal questions. I came out of it feeling really inspired by the panellists, thinking I should really get an STI check, and feeling sex positive"

Bystander Intervention- Responding to Queer Phobia workshop

"Really helpful to see the clear and achievable application of bystander intervention. I also enjoyed reflecting on how I manage tricky situations and how I can improve. I feel quite confident in how to handle those situations - queerphobic or otherwise - now. Thanks, heaps for putting it on!"

"Thanks a lot for the workshop. It was really interesting and some of the responses that we were given weren’t even ways I had thought of responding before and on reflection are often better than any response I would have made."

"I loved the emphasis on being a better human, I think these skills are something everyone should learn.

Sex, Gender and Diversity lecture"

"The presenter was really engaging, and the content was interesting - knowing more about how to be a better ally was really great and practical"

"I enjoyed the presentation and I thought that the content was very valuable. I learnt a lot and thought of things in a way I hadn’t before."

Sex, Gender and Diversity lecture

"The presenter was really engaging, and the content was interesting - knowing more about how to be a better ally was really great and practical"
"I enjoyed the presentation and I thought that the content was very valuable. I learnt a lot and thought of things in a way I hadn’t before."

Becoming Cliterate- Addressing Orgasm Inequality webinar

Orgasm inequality is rampant among young adults. As one striking example, in research conducted by Dr. Laurie Mintz with college students, only 51% of cis-gendered men vs. 4% of cis-gendered women say they usually orgasm during first-time hook-up sex. In this webinar, Dr Mintz exposes the cultural roots of the problem. She also details the individual attitudes and skills required to turn this knowledge into action, including the sound psychological interventions of mindfulness training and communication skills training.

Contraception Webinar

Contraception 101 webinar. Exploring different types of contraception to protect against STI’s and pregnancy.

Erectile Dysfunction Webinar

Lisa Thomas, a certified Sex Therapist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist discusses situational erectile dysfunction; both its likely causes and solutions.

The Sessions Movie

A 2012 U.S. independent erotic comedy drama. It is based on the article "On Seeing a Sex Surrogate" by Mark O'Brien, a poet paralysed from the neck down due to polio, who hired a sex surrogate to lose his virginity. The film debuted at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award.

Call Me by Your Name Movie

A 2017 coming-of-age romantic drama Call Me by Your Name chronicles a romantic relationship between a 17-year-old, Elio Perlman and Oliver, a 24-year-old graduate-student assistant to Elio's father.  It received four nominations at the 90th Academy Awards (including Best Picture), and won Best Adapted Screenplay.

“Was a beautiful coming of age story and touched on some important themes - definitely a must see. Was a nice way to finish the week.”

Love and Sex in the age of Pornography.

This documentary explores teenagers' emerging sexuality in an age of increasingly accessible pornography. While the technology of our times (internet and mobile phones) amplify the availability of pornography, the impact on young people's sexual development and early relationships is unprecedented.

Affirmative Consent definition and video 
Consent is an active "yes", not just the absence of "no" Accommodation Services made video and custom made posters shown and displayed around campus. 

Asexuality 101

Asexuality is an extremely misunderstood sexual identity. Sexual intimacy is important for many of us. Because most of society deems sexual attraction important, asexuals are often ostracized – even pitied – for their sexual orientation. In this video, we cover some of the common misconceptions that asexual people want you to know.

Trans 101

Welcome to Trans 101. In this video we dive into being Trans, Gender Identity, and what it's all about!

How to Be Attractive on a Date– School Of Life

A lot of dating advice suggests that, to be attractive, we should focus on our looks, our clothes and our ability to choose a good venue. But the true secret to proving attractive is to know how to reveal our vulnerability, our maturity and our degree of self-knowledge.

Queer On Campus 

A brand new group run by a student leader. An opportunity for residents that identify as LGBTQIA+ to get together and meet each other for social connection and support. The aim is to provide a safe space for questioning or LGBTQIA identifying, especially for 1st-year students who may struggle to find their community within College.

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