Things to Consider As You Choose a Program
- What cultural attitudes, laws, or context exist towards sexual orientation in the host country?
- What is the social perception of LGBTQ people in the host country?
- What is considered typical male and female social behavior, including gender roles and gender relations, in the host country?
- Are there any LGBTQ-friendly establishments near the program site?
- Can the program accommodate special housing requests such as single rooms, private baths, or certain roommates?
- Does the program have any other resources available for LGBTQ students?
- Is there a LGBTQ community nearby?
Preparing to Go Abroad
Consider the following to help ease the transition into the culture of your destination.
- How open will I be about my sexual orientation and gender identity with people in my host country? How might this impact my experience abroad?
- How important is it for me to find other LGBTQ students and friends while I am abroad? How will I connect with them?
- What kinds of LGBTQ-friendly establishments, organizations, or resources are available in my host country? How will I access them?
- What may make the coming-out process different in my host country compared to the U.S.?
- How will I incorporate my experiences abroad back into my life at UNT upon my return?
Before you go abroad, take special care to familiarize yourself with your host country’s laws pertaining to LGBTQ persons. The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Association has an interactive map showing country-specific information about sexual orientation laws worldwide. You may also consider purchasing the most current edition of one of the various gay and lesbian international reference guides before departing from the United States.
- U.S. Department of State information for LGBT travelers
- For an overview of the LGBT experience and relevant laws in each country of the world, visit: http://ilga.org
- CIEE KnowledgeSeries on Identity
- GLBT Students Abroad: An Annotated Bibliography by David Comp
- The International Lesbian and Gay Association: A worldwide federation that campaigns for LGBT rights on a global scale
- U.S. Passport gender change policy and an article about understanding the policy from Transequality.org.
- CenterLink - a listing of LGBT community centers in the U.S. and in selected other countries
- Damron.com - travel guides and more
- Gay Scout - worldwide events calendar and listings
- OutTraveler.com - travel provider