LGBT Resources

Being safe and comfortable when going abroad is important and at Kaya, we want to make sure we address issues that may concerns all of our participants. Attitudes, customs and laws towards members of the LGBTQ+ community can be different around the world compared to what you are used to in your home country. You’re unlikely to have any problems abroad if you research and prepare for your destination country before you go.

Things to consider

What are the social attitudes towards the LGBTQ+ community in my destination country?
Are there any specific laws relating to same-sex relations, public decency or public display of affection in my host country?
Are same-sex relationships accepted and consider legal?
Are there any LGBTQ+ groups or LGBTQ+-friendly establishments where I will be?
Will my sexual orientation be acceptable to my host family or roommates if I choose to come out?
Are there safety and legal issues for LGBTQ+ individuals in this area?

Below are a few resources you might found helpful:

  • The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) offers Lesbian and Gay Rights Maps that detail legal climate. Other useful information is available throughout their website.
  • The National Center for Transgender Equality provides air travel and airport security tips for transgender individuals.
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office offers some guidelines for LGBT tourists travelling abroad.
  • The US Department of State’s US Passports & International Travel Department has LGBT Travel Information for LGBT individuals going abroad.

We encourage you to do more research on your own, and to speak to our placement advisor for any concerns you may have, as we have knowledge and experience of the countries and projects which we support that can help to answer your questions and help you prepare for your travels.

Make sure to read our Kaya Tip 9 on Considerations for LGBTQ Travellers for additional resources.