- Ask Thoughtful Questions
- Research Your Host Country
- Consider Legal Issues
- Identify Resources Available
- As part of your pre-departure preparations, ask these questions of yourself, your study abroad adviser, and your study abroad program.
- Does your right to be LGBTQIA+ in the United States 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 that you should be aware of?
- What are gender relations in the host culture?
- What is considered typical male and female social behavior in the host culture?
- What is the social perception of members of the LGBTQIA+ community?
- What roles do trans* people play in the host culture?
- Does your study abroad program offer LGBTQIA+ friendly housing?
- Does your study abroad program discuss LGBTQIA+ considerations during their orientation?
If you are open about your gender and/or sexual identity, consider the following as you research potential study abroad countries:
- The culture of a country might make you feel like you are either "sent back into the closet" or, in countries that are more progressive than the U.S., freer to express yourself.
- If your host country is NOT progressive or accepting of the LGBTQIA+ community, make sure you understand the political climate and consider your personal safety before confronting this way of thinking.
- Some countries will make it easier for you to come out; make sure that you have a support network during this time.
- If you are not public about your identity, realize that finding that community will be a bit more difficult while abroad. Finding groups or organizations before you go is essential. Check out the links in the campus and international resources sections.
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- The legality of same-sex sexual behavior (sometimes male-male sexual behavior is illegal while female-female sexual behavior is not), including sodomy laws
- The age of consent for sexual behavior (which may differ from the age of consent for opposite-sex sexual behavior)
- Restrictions on freedom of association or expression for LGBTQIA+ people
- Anti-discrimination laws (these can be national laws or specific to local areas)
For information on laws in countries you may be visiting, please look into this website: LGBTQ rights around the world.
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The following is a list of on-campus resources for Augsburg students. CGEE encourages students from other institutions to visit your home campus LGBTQIA+ resource centers for additional support before studying abroad.
- LGBTQIA+ Student Services: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) Student Services works to improve the campus environment for all students, staff, faculty, and visitors at Augsburg University by developing and supporting inclusive understandings of gender and sexuality.
- LGBTQIA+ Student Organizations: Student organizations for LGBTQIA+ Indigineous and students of color and/or LQBTQIA+ students and student allies.
- Discrimination and Bias Incident Reporting: This reporting form enables you to let the University know if you, someone you know, or a group within our campus community, has experienced bias, discrimination, and/or hostility.
- Gender-Neutral Restrooms on Campus: A listing of all of the currently-available gender-neutral restrooms on the Augsburg University-Minneapolis campus.
- Preferred First Name Policy: Students may change their preferred first name on a number of public records at Augsburg. The Preferred First Name Policy talks about how to update your preferred name with Augsburg, as well as delineates which records will be changed and which ones will not be.
- Residence Life: Residence Life offers a number of on-campus housing options, including rooms and floors that are gender-neutral.
- Women's Resource Center: The Women’s Resource Center offers services and programming specifically for women, but this is a space that is open to anyone—whether or not you’re a woman, whether or not you’re a feminist, and whether or not you take Women’s Studies classes!
- International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ilga): Country specific information related to legal rights and social climate.
- Amnesty International Human Rights: Amnesty International is a global movement that campaigns to end human rights abuses.
- Gay Lesbian Arabic Society: GLAS serves as a networking organization for Gays and Lesbians of Arab descent or those living in Arab countries.
- Global Gayz.com: Journal website documenting the travels of LGBT persons throughout the countries and cities all over the world.
- International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission: IGLHRC protest and advance the human rights of all people and communities subject to discrimination or abuse based on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status.
- The International Lesbian and Gay Association: This world-wide federation of national and local groups focuses public and government attention on cases of discrimination against lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people.
- Rainbow SIG: Rainbow SIG goals include counseling international students and study abroad students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.
- National Center for Transgender Equality, Airport Security: This website focuses on trans discrimination during security procedures in airports.
- LGBTQ Travel Safety