Considerations for LGBTQA travelers

Even in the context of your native culture, identity, gender, sexual expression, and health are complex issues that are connected with gender roles and identity, intimacy and relationships, sexual orientation and behaviors, and much more. Since perspectives regarding these terms and identities are often culturally influenced, your personal identity and sexual health become even more complex in the context of traveling internationally.

Gender Roles and Identity

Gender roles and identity are socially constructed terms that are unique to each country and/or culture, and even within a single country or culture, the perspectives will vary. The differences in gender roles and identities between cultures span a range from minor and unnoticeable to major and life-altering. It is important to reflect on your native culture's views on the subject to get a sense of where your own thoughts on the subject may be originating. It is equally important to research - before you go - perspectives and ideas in your destination country so that you will have an idea of what to expect.

Important Legal and Health Issues

Some travelers have reported difficulties entering a country on a passport bearing a name and photo that no longer corresponds to their gender presentation.  

Medical considerations

In addition, there are special medical considerations that you may want to take if you are considering, are in the process of transitioning, or have transitioned your gender identity. Hormone therapy drugs may not be available or legal in the country in which you wish to travel.

Legal documents

LGBTQA travelers should take copies of important documents, especially when traveling in countries where legal rights differ from those in the United States:

Additional Resources

Students, faculty, and staff of any sexual orientation should do research on their destination before leaving the U.S. Be aware of the legal restrictions regarding same-sex relationships in other countries, as well as the general attitudes of the population in the country where you plan to travel. Other countries may be more, or less, tolerant than the United States.  For more information please review the following resources:

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