Many students, staff, faculty, and trainees regard working and studying abroad as one of the most rewarding experiences of their professional careers. However, there is great variance in cultural attitudes towards people who are LGBT, or perceived to be LGBT. In collaboration with UCSF Global Health Sciences, The LGBT Resource Center provides this guide with web links to help you navigate through the process. As each individual’s needs are unique, we encourage you to talk to your school, department, or program regarding specific policies related to international travel.
As we know, attitudes toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender issues vary from country to country, and even within the United States. Because of this, it is important to be aware of the issues related to sexuality and gender in other countries. Take the time to learn:
- Support resources and emergency contacts in your host country, as well as support back at home.
- Current laws of the host country and how this may impact “coming out”.
- Local attitudes toward Americans, tourists, sexual orientations and gender identities.
- Gender roles and social expectations in the host country. How may this impact my gender identity/expression?
UNIVERSITY RELATED LINKS:
GLOBAL RESEARCH HUB This link, created by CTSI and maintained by Global Health Sciences, is the most comprehensive campus resource for international travel. Within it, you will find important links that guide you through the before, during, and after-process of traveling abroad.
WORLD CUE PRE-PLANNING TRAVEL LINK This link is a UCOP funded resource that provides current travel precautions for all locations worldwide- including LGBT specific issues. You must log in to MyAccess with your University account information, under Search, type “Pre-Trip Planning”, click on link and enter “University of California, San Francisco.”
UCSF TRAVEL HEALTH AND SAFETY GROUP Faculty and Staff who convene quarterly to ensure the safety of our researchers, staff, and the people they work with.