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LGBTQ+ Students

It is important to be aware of the cultural, legal and social issues regarding sexual orientation and gender identity abroad and how they could affect interactions with people in your host country.

In order to have a rewarding and safe experience, you will benefit from researching the LGBTQ+ climate of the country you will be visiting. Educate yourself about specific laws pertaining to sexual behavior, orientation and/or gender expression. When doing your research, try to find out about:

  • The age of consent in the country and laws related to sexual behavior
  • Restrictions on freedom of association or expression for LGBTQ+ people

Resources, Guides and Personal Stories

Laws, TSA and U.S. State Department information

General International Organizations

  • ILGA – The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association has information on over 110 countries and offers a country-by-country survey of the legal position of GLBTQ individuals.
  • IGLHRC – The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission is an NGO dedicated to human rights advocacy group.

Scholarships for LGBTQ Students

  • The Pride Foundation – A foundation that inspires a culture of generosity, connecting Northwest organizations, leaders, and students who are creating LGBTQ equality. They facilitate post-secondary educational scholarships.
  • Human Rights Campaign – The HRC advocates on behalf of LGBTQ Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office and educates the public about LGBTQ issues. They also have student scholarships.
  • Rainbow Scholarship – The Rainbow Scholarship awards deserving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) students who aim to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs.

Travel Businesses Directory

  • IGLTA – The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association provides references to find LGBTQ travel businesses.
  •  – A worldwide gay business directory.