Resource Series 7: The LGBTQA+ Community

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We at the Towson University Study Abroad Office celebrate diversity and self-discovery. We are here to support you and make sure that you have the best experience abroad possible. The following are a few tips and resources to help with the journey:

  • The Pre-Departure Manual for Faculty-Led Programs says–in so many words–Be aware!
    • The culture and laws in other countries will be different from that of the United States. Please talk to your advisors for more details about attitudes abroad. Another great way to do research on your own is go to the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA), which gives information about the views of different countries on sexual orientation.
  • Reach out! 
    • Do not hesitate to get the help and support you need to make your program great! A good place to start is with your coordinator, but you should also consider checking out the Center for Student Diversity on campus. They have a wealth of resources for the LGBTQA+ community. There may even be people there who can speak from their own experience about being abroad, or at least give advice throughout the process.
    • Location: 313 University Union, Office 323
      Telephone: 410-704-2051
  • Get/Stay Connected!
    • Next to homesickness, feeling alone in an unfamiliar place is one of the most challenging things you will encounter. Sadly, sexual orientation is one of those things that has potential to isolate. Find community. Find a safe space. Don’t let yourself be alone.
      • 1. You can use apps like WhatsApp and WeChat to stay connected with friends and family back home, all you need is WiFi.
      • 2. Find communities and areas where you are going that are supportive.
      • 3. Start building relationships before you leave. Figure out–if possible–who else is going on the program and start making friends.
  • has a wonderful guide on meaningful travel tips and tales for LGBTQ+ travelers. Click here for the free download including a map of LGBTQ+ acceptance around the world.
  • One of our advisors went to a conference on sexual orientation and gender identity in international education. They were able to come back and share some great resources. Click on the following links for scholarships from CisAbroad, TEAN (The Education Abroad Network) and IES Abroad.

The Study Abroad Office is here to help you in any way possible. If you have questions, please feel comfortable asking.