Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Identity Abroad

The International Education Office recognizes that concerns around safety particular to transgender communities often go unacknowledged. Airports can be particularly difficult for individuals whose presentation are perceived not to match the “M” or “F” on their passport. Immersing in a culture different from one’s upbringing can be difficult without the resources from home to make a validating and safer space. Many transgender and gender non-conforming students must think about questions such as:

  • Will I have access to gender neutral bathrooms, and if not, which bathroom will I get least into trouble for using?
  • Should I correct people when they get my pronoun wrong?
  • What should I do if the gender on my passport and birth certificate are different?
  • Will there be local LGBT groups, and how encompassing are they of the “T”?
  • How likely is it that will I be perceived as who I am in my host community?
  • Will I experience discrimination in the country I study in? Who can I talk to about it if I do?
  • Are there additional funding sources that I can look into?

Further infromation and resources for transgender and non-conforming Identity students who wish to travel abroad.