Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Identity Abroad

We recognize 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, nonbinary 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 be safest 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 I will be perceived as who I am in my host community?
  • What do I do and who can I talk to if I experience discrimation abroad?

See here for information and resources for transgender, nonbinary and non-conforming students who wish to travel abroad.