Gender & Sexual Orientation
Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersexed (GLBTQI) students should expect to face many of the challenges typical of their heterosexual/cisgender peers.
In fact, some study abroad advisors have noted that GLBTQI students are better-equipped to deal with common cultural barriers abroad because they may already be familiar with the role of "minority" or "outsider". Levels of tolerance, acceptance, and support for GLBTQI individuals vary greatly from culture to culture. GLBTQI students will find their experiences more successful if they prepare themselves by becoming educated on the legal and cultural issues facing GLBTQI people in their host culture. Follow these links to educate yourself about GLBTQi issues abroad:
GLBT Students (University Of Michigan)
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission* (with country-specific information)
*Adapted from The University of Seattle Education Abroad with special thanks to Lucas Bierlein for content contribution.
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