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:
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 or studying or interning abroad.
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!
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.
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 witih questions before you arrive at the airport. They can be reached at 855.787.2227
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: