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LGBT Issues

It is important to know the situation and laws concerning LGBT issues in the areas that you will be traveling.  These resources will help you stay informed and safe wherever you go. 

Water Fountain


A website on LGBT travel and culture that compiles news reports, links, stories and photo galleries for over 190 countries.

Human Rights Watch

A non-governmental organization that compiles reports on human rights issues, including LGBT issues for many countries.

International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission

An organization that works for gay and lesbian rights worldwide, the IGLHRC website provides information about current LGBT issues that can be browsed by region and country.

International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association

A worldwide federation campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex rights, ILGBTI’s website provides the latest news in LGBT issues worldwide.  The interactive world maps on LGBT laws and statistics are a great source for an overview of issues in your destination country.

LGBTIQ & Allies

Some important considerations for LGBTIQ students in preparing for a study abroad journey, from the University of Colorado Boulder.

LGBT Organizations Worldwide

This resource from the University of Michigan provides a directory of international LGBT organizations as well as organizations by region.

National Center for Transgender Equality’s Travel Considerations

This site is targeted at specific travel considerations for transgendered people.

Wikipedia’s Guide to LGBT Rights by Country

A helpful overview of LGBT-related laws by country.