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LGBTQIA+ Travel Accessibility

There are LGBTQIA+ friends, colleagues, and allies throughout the world. However, cultural understanding of gender identity and sexuality does vary from country to country.

Up until the 1960s, most homosexual acts were still largely illegal in most of the United States. The freedom to explore other lifestyles is a relatively new phenomenon in the history of our nation. While it may be common to see Pride parades every June nowadays, it took a riot at the Stonewall Inn to inspire the first Pride parades in 1970. A nationally recognized right to marriage in the United States has only been signed in recent years.

A timeline of acceptance

Before you choose your program, please recognize that many nations — including the United States —are still addressing discriminatory policies. It’s important to be mindful of your choices when presenting yourself to others. Our Self Assessment page offers questions to consider and evaluate. You are also welcome to take some advice from recent study abroad alums who took the brave jump to express themselves in their host countries.

It’s helpful to make the right connections as you plan your study abroad and take the safest path for creating a more inclusive world. If you’re focused on going abroad, below are some additional links to make your study abroad journey affordable, accessible, and well-informed.

Talk to an Enrollment Specialist to help you choose the right program for you. We have several scholarships dedicated to making study abroad possible for students from underrepresented communities.

Additional Resources

Resource Details and Information
Diversity Abroad
Education Abroad LGBTQ+ student guide for education abroad.
GlobalGayz GlobalGayz is a travel and culture website focused on LGBT-Gay life worldwide
Identities Abroad A guide for LGBTQ students and their advisors to use throughout the study abroad process.
International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA)
OutRight Action International Dedicated to human rights advocacy on behalf of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression.
Rainbow Sig Resources for students studying abroad who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ+).
U.S. Department of State Travel tips for LGBTQ+ travelers
USAC