This month, we're celebrating Pride Month by sharing resources for LGBTQ+ study abroad students and highlighting stories from CAPA students who have explored their identities while studying abroad. Continue reading to find out more and to hear from alumni about their experiences.
Throughout the month of June, we'll be celebrating Pride Month. The first Pride parades took place in New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco in commemoration of the first anniversary of the Stonewall riots led by queer and trans people of color. Take a look at the video below to learn more about the history of Pride in the US, as well as all of our Global City locations:
We've put together a collection of resources for students in the LGBTQ+ community who are thinking about or planning to study abroad:
Resources for Students
Additional resources from Rainbow SIG:
Below, you'll find a list of study abroad scholarships for LGBTQ+ students:
Scholarships for Students
Check out this list of 12 Study Abroad Scholarships for LGBT Students, courtesy of GoAbroad.com.
CAPA's Diversity Advocate Grant supports students focused on social justice, access, inclusion, or diversity who wish to continue this focus abroad. Advocates receive a grant in the amount of $1,000 on a semester length program with CAPA to pursue diversity projects or research during their learning abroad experience.
LGBTQ+ Student Stories from Abroad
Hear from previous Diversity Advocates Scholars and CAPA bloggers who have explored their identities while studying abroad:
James Nightengale, Clark University, CAPA London
In this blog post, James shares a guide to queer life in London, focusing on the places and events he appreciated the most—from book stores to dance floors. He found London to be full of welcoming spaces and events for the LGBTQ+ community.
One of the most unexpectedly meaningful elements of my experience abroad in London has been the many events, bars, clubs, and opportunities available specifically for the LGBTQ+ community. As a queer person myself, I was initially hesitant to explore these spaces or attend events centered around queer issues. I felt somewhat intimidated by the throngs of well-dressed people lined up outside late-night venues and worried I would stand out at more low-key events. Yet my fears could not have been more unfounded: I found the LGBT bars, night clubs, and other spaces to be wildly inclusive and accessible to an initial outsider such as myself.
Jeff Chan, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, CAPA Sydney
Jeff tells us about his experience as an LGBTQ+ student abroad. He shares why he chose Sydney as his Global City location and how he celebrated his identity while abroad.
Every country has different social and cultural beliefs about the LGBTQ+ community. This is reflected in their current laws and policies, along with their inclusion (or exclusion) of the community in public settings. As a gay university student, I had to consider this when choosing where I would want to study abroad. I knew that in order to be able to genuinely enjoy the experience, I would need to pick a city that I would be comfortable being myself in. I chose Sydney for its acceptance and inclusion of the city’s rich queer culture.
Hania Powell, Rollins College, CAPA Dublin
Hania discusses her decision to study abroad in Ireland, her experience celebrating Pride abroad, and the LGBTQ+ community in Dublin.
As a member of the LGBTQ community looking to study abroad, I was cautious to choose a place that I felt would allow me to succeed while being myself.
My decision to study and intern in Ireland for the summer was motivated by the incredible pace at which progress is being made toward equal rights, especially with the recent legalization of same-sex marriage through popular vote, and the country turned out to be the perfect destination.