On the first anniversary of the Stonewall riots, on Sunday, June 28, 1970, organizers planned Christopher Street Liberation Day with the first gay pride march. Over 50 years, we have seen waves of greater tolerance, not only in New York and across the USA, but also in many countries abroad. New laws over the last 20 years have made Europe the most LGBTQ-friendly region and a welcoming group of countries for study abroad students.
Not every country has seen the shifts in attitude we've witnessed in Norway and Ireland and the Netherlands, but far-flung countries like Argentina, New Zealand, and even Mexico City have become more friendly destinations for our students in recent years. With a grant, our office was able to compile online resources specifically to support students who identify with the LGBTQ+ community.
Progress on LGBTQ+ rights have not necessarily halted in the USA either. For those who advocate progress on this front, the U.S. Supreme Court decision nearly two weeks ago on June 15 was a significant step forward for the USA with the extension of job protections on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation.
Do you identify as LGBTQ+? Do you call yourself an ally? Are you looking for friendly destinations or simply to learn more. Explore more resources or compare countries by openness as you consider where and how you might study abroad in the future.
UCEAP Countries by Risk Level
Minimal Risk Countries for Study Abroad
Low Risk Countries for Study Abroad
Moderate Risk Countries for Study Abroad
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High Risk Countries for Study Abroad
*Tolerance levels reflect information as of March, 2019.