Sexual Orientation and Study Abroad
Before you go, it is important to reflect on the culturally based ideas and definitions of sexual identity and consider carefully how your identity as a GLBT person may affect your relationships with host nationals, your cultural adjustment, and your overall education abroad experience. Part of your pre-departure preparations should include reflecting on the larger context of acting on your GLBT identity while abroad. What role as a visitor do you/should you have in the host culture? Does your right to be GLBT in the US conflict with your host country's religious or cultural values and traditions? How will you reconcile your human rights with the cultural values of your host society? Are there safety considerations of which you should be aware?
(Taken from a handbook, Ready, Set, Go developed by the University of Guelph (Canada) that all outbound students receive.)
The following websites provide an abundance of information for GLBT students interested in study abroad.
LGBT Student Guide: This offers insights into countries and regions created by a graduate student from USF.
US Government Guide for LGBT Travelers: Informtion and advice from the US Department of State.
ILGA: The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association offers country specific information on legal rights and social climates.
Global Gayz: Journal website documenting the travels of LGBT persons throughout the countries and cities all over the world. Photo by Megan Geeck