You will find that attitudes and tolerance toward gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues vary from country to country, and even within the US. Some countries are more welcoming and legally protective than the US, while others may be less accepting and more restrictive. All students need to be aware of the legal issues related to sexuality in other countries. LGBTQ+ students need information regarding the receptivity and social climate of the host country.
Things to Consider As You Prepare to Study Abroad:
- What are the cultural attitudes toward sexual orientation and gender identity in my host country? What are the local attitudes and customs in the region of the country where I will be studying?
- Are there any laws restricting same-sex relationships? What are the laws regarding identity and travel documentation?
- Are there resources available for people of alternative sexual and gender identities in my host country and institution?
- How open am I now about my sexual orientation and gender identity? How open am I willing to be when I am studying abroad?
- Do I only want to go somewhere that is very tolerant and affirming of my identity? Am I open to going to a country that may discriminate against LGBTQ+ individuals?
- How important is it to me to find other LGBTQ+ students during my study abroad program?
- Does the country or host institution I’m interested in have resources available for LGBTQIA+ individuals
- Am I willing to abide by the cultural customs and local attitudes in the host country?
- Does your right to be LGBTQ+ in the United States conflict with your host country's religious or cultural values and traditions?
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC)
International Lesbian and Gay Association
IES Country Specific Diversity
LGBT Guide to Study Abroad
Articles of Interest
What I Learn as an LGBT Studying Abroad
LGBTQ Student Guide to Studying Abroad