LGBTQ+ & Ally Resources

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Here at IES Abroad, we recognize that identifying as part of the LGBTQ+ community while studying abroad can present unique challenges and opportunities in exploring a new culture.  We want to support all of our students and so have compiled the below resources on sexual orientation, gender identity and allyship:

IES Abroad Country Specific Resources
U.S. Department of State: LGBTI Travel Information
NAFSA Rainbow Special Interest Group
LGBT Study Abroad Guide
ILGA: Sexual Orientation Maps
ILGA: Trans Legal Mapping Report
The Advocate


In honor of Pride Month, IES Abroad has featured three different IES Abroad alumni who have agreed to share stories about their experiences, as well as the advice that they have for queer students who are thinking of studying or interning abroad.  

Finding an LGBTQ+ Community Abroad
Gaining Independence Abroad
Coming Out While Studying Abroad

It Gets Better

We were extremely proud to contribute our video to the It Gets Better Project to help spread the message to LGBTQ+ young people that a bright future is in store for them.

Studying abroad is one of many ways that students can learn about and meet members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies around the world.

There are accepting, open-minded people out there - it gets better!

It Gets Better Project
It Gets Better - Glossary of Terms


Please note that the scholarships mentioned in the links below may possibly be used in order to study abroad.  However, in order to ensure that you'll be able to use those scholarship funds towards your study abroad experience, please contact the listed scholarship coordinator for each specific scholarship. 

Human Rights Campaign Scholarship Database
Best Colleges: LGBTQ Scholarships for College Students

LGBTQIA Scholarships by State

Gender Identity Resources

We encourage all of our students to do research about their study abroad location before they start their journey, but would also like to offer up some quick tips and resources about traveling while identifying as a transgender or non-binary student:
  • When creating an airline reservation, it is strongly encouraged that you use the same name, gender, and birth date that is on your government-issued ID
  • If you have medical equipment or prostheses in your carry-on, those items should still be allowed through the checkpoint after you complete the screening process
  • Make sure that medications are in their original packages and that you have a note from your doctor stating their necessity 
  • If you have medications that don't fit the standard carry-on rules, make sure you declare them at the security check-in to avoid issues
  • If TSA has to check your bag, you can ask them to screen it in private
  • You can always call the TSA Cares helpline with questions before you arrive at the airport.  They can be reached at 855.787.2227
Transgender Resources
National Center for Transgender Equality Travel
TSA Transgender Passengers Information
Air Travel Tips for Trans & Non-Binary Students
Transgender Workplace Rights (within the U.S.) 


Allyship Resources

An ally has been defined as a person who identifies with a 'majority' group but shows support for a 'minoritized' group and promotes equality. The below resources are available for those who want to show support to their peers abroad and at home:
Queer and Trans 101
Understanding the Complexities of Gender
Everything You Wanted to Know about Transgender People
Guide to Allyship
Tips for Allies of Transgender People
Coming Out as a Supporter
Being an Ally to LGBT People
5 Tips for Being an Ally

At IES Abroad, we're here to help. If you have any questions about your identity abroad, please contact our Diversity Department by emailing [email protected] or by calling 800.995.2300.