Sexual & Gender Diversity

Sexual & Gender Diversity

In order to have a rewarding and safe experience, it is important to be aware of the cultural, legal, and social issues regarding sexual identity and how they could affect interactions with people in your host country. The following are some resources to assist you in researching your destination country and learning more about the experiences of LGBTQ students abroad.

Diversity Issues in Study Abroad
Quotes & stories from Brown University students about their experiences abroad.

International Lesbian and Gay Association
A worldwide federation of national and local groups dedicated to achieving equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered individuals everywhere. The site offers a country-by-country world survey of the legal position of LGBTQ individuals (Keep in mind that not all countries offer a safe environment for openly gay people).

International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
A US-based non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO), IGLHRC effects their mission through advocacy, documentation, coalition building, public education, and technical assistance.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender US Peace Corps Alumni
Seeks to promote Peace Corps ideals and the legal, political, and social rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people around the world.

NAFSA Rainbow Special Interest Group (SIG)
Extensive information for gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered students interested in studying abroad including a comprehensive list of related links and bibliography.

U.S. Department of State LGBTQ Travel Information

9 Major Life Lessons I Learned Studying Abroad as an LGBTQ
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