Sexual Orientation & Gender Identities
Sexual orientation & gender identity diverse students should expect to face many of the challenges typical of their heterosexual and/or cisgender peers.
In fact, some study abroad advisors have noted that SOGI diverse/LGBTQIA+ 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 LGBTQIA+ individuals vary greatly from culture to culture. LGBTQIA+ students will find their experiences more successful if they prepare themselves by becoming educated on the legal and cultural issues facing LGBTQIA+ people in their host culture.
*Adapted from The University of Seattle Education Abroad with special thanks to Lucas Bierlein for content contribution.
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