You may already identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or intersex, or you may still be exploring your identity. LGBTQ+ students face some special considerations when choosing a study abroad program.
Laws, cultures, and popular attitudes vary from country to country in terms of how sexual orientation, same-sex sexual contact, and gender identities are defined and understood. Some countries are more inclusive and more supportive of LGBTQ+ rights than the U.S. In others, it may be inadvisable, illegal, or even dangerous for you to come out abroad. Knowing these laws and cultural expectations may help you to decide what countries you might like to visit if you will be out abroad or if you will pursue relationships while abroad.