“We sometimes forget that the LGBT community has its own rich history and a story that crosses international lines. The chance to study abroad enhances their own history and culture and helps LGBT students see their place in the world and claim a deeper sense of pride in themselves,” -AJ Jones, University of Louisville LGBT Center Program Coordinator.
This portion of the website is to support LGBT+ students and allies. We hope to offer helpful resources, links and information to enrich your journey of study abroad.
Be Aware of your Host Country’s:
- Laws regarding sexuality and gender identity
- Social attitude towards LGBT community
- Current news of LGBT+ events
- How will this affect you?
- Things to consider:
- Program Location
- Host country culture and religion
- Short-term programs vs. Long-term programs
- Things to consider:
Some helpful links that may help shape your decision in study abroad location and programs:
- International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association: http://ilga.org/
- Interactive map of legislation and current news of countries all over the world: http://old.ilga.org/Statehomophobia/ILGA_Map_2014_ENG.pdf
Make plans before going overseas
- Will you be out to your host family? group? friends?
- If you experience any harassment, what safe, legal steps would you want to be taken?
- Keep an open line of communication between trip leaders and other students traveling abroad.
Going Back in the Closet After Being Out
- There is a possibility that in some cases, you may consider going back in the closet for your study abroad duration
- Certain areas are really not safe for LGBT+ people
- Consider the personal effects of hiding your sexuality and/or conforming to acceptable gender presentations
- Be an open, positive, and responsible ally
- Never “out” an LGBT+ student
- Respect an LGBT+ student’s decisions
- Provide news of current LGBT+ trends abroad
- Share resources
- Encourage personal research
- Locate any LGBT+ supportive communities in the area in which you will be staying
- LGBT publications, advocacy organizations, or LGBT-friendly establishments
- Check out your host campus’ resources
Resources addressing LGBT+ and traveling abroad
Before, during and after your program : You are first and foremost a UWM student and are always welcome to contact the UWM LGBT Resource Center!
LGBT Resource Center Contact Information:
General Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Director Email: email@example.com
Office Phone: 414-229-4116
Benefits of studying abroad are far and great
- Your sexual orientation, gender identity, and personal presentation are just a single part of you!
- No matter where you go, you will bring back great experiences!