How to Be Gay and an Exchange Student Abroad

Author: , April 6th, 2018

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There are many reasons why a lot of students want to study abroad.

For one, you get to see a world unbeknownst to you. This is especially true if you choose to study in a university halfway across the globe. While studying abroad, you’ll get to visit places, learn new languages, experience new cultures and traditions, and discover things that may not be available in your homeland.

The quality of education is also one of the top reasons many students prefer to study abroad. There may be programs that are not offered in any school in your home country, which is why it would be beneficial for you to choose to enroll in a study abroad program.

Being an international student also means that you’ll be living independently in student rooms abroad. You can choose to stay in a homestay or in an apartment run by student accommodation providers.

But living and studying in another country can be extra challenging if you’re gay. Although more and more countries are embracing the LGBT community nowadays, there are still cultures that see being queer as taboo. So, it helps to know a few important things before you fly to another country to study.

Useful Survival Tips

  1. Know the laws.

To avoid getting in trouble with the authorities, or worse, regretting going to a country where you’re not welcome, it’s a must that you read up about laws regarding homosexuality in their place. If there are certain prohibitions that a queer person is required to follow, it’s important that you are aware of them even before flying there.

  1. Find out how LGBT-friendly the country is.

It can be hard living in a place where being gay is not welcomed. It could also mean that your host family or most of the people you’ll be around with are not that accepting. You’ll be better off in living in student rooms in a place where LGBT people are openly accepted.

Knowing whether your host country is LGBT-friendly or not would also ensure your safety, which should be your top concern.

  1. Read up about support groups.

Having LGBT support systems in your host country would be great to ensure that you’ll have people who will help protect and defend your rights when the need arises. Aside from friendly and knowledgeable student accommodation providers, there should be organizations and associations that you can turn to for information, legal assistance, and the like.

Out and Proud

Sometimes, living in a small town and being gay can give you the blues. Everyone knows what everybody’s doing. Everyone is judging you for who you are. This is why, oftentimes, you’re better off studying and living in student rooms abroad, especially where being queer is equally respected.

There are so many countries you could go to live and study, be it in Europe, Asia, South Pacific, Africa, the Americas, and the Middle East. Some of the most popular places to study or travel to if you’re gay include Australia, Taiwan, Japan, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, and Germany, to name a few.

You might want to travel to your host country first before enrolling in their study abroad program. Book your trip with us Purple Roofs. We have thousands of properties on our list. All of them have useful information for LGBT travelers.

Still More to Do To Make Fort Lauderdale Trans Traveler Friendly

Author: , September 17th, 2014

Fort Lauderdale Gay TourismBroward County’s tourism bureau has been marketing to the LGBT community since 1996, but results of a survey released Monday show extra effort is needed to attract more transgender travelers.

In August, some 700 members of the transgender community across 48 states participated in the online survey conducted by Community Marketing & Insights, a San Francisco-based specialty marketing and research firm.

Only 10 percent of participants perceived Fort Lauderdale to be very trans-friendly, the study revealed. Nearly half (48 percent) of respondents polled perceived Fort Lauderdale as not being transgender-friendly, while 43 percent said it was somewhat trans-friendly, according to the study commissioned by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.

By Arlene Satchell – Full Story at The Sun Sentinel | Fort Lauderdale Gay Travel Resources

Who Does Pride Motivate to Travel?

Author: , June 25th, 2014

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2014-06-25-tempatableV2-thumbThe LGBT2020 research project is the largest research study into the lives of LGBT people from around the world that has ever been undertaken, and has since 2010 sampled respondents in 13 languages, and in more than 20 countries across all five continents. Findings from the LGBT2020 study are providing the clearest picture that has ever existed into the lives of LGBT people right across the world, collecting data on a diverse range of topics including workplace issues, harassment and discrimination, consumer patterns and behaviour, internet usage and tourism.

The 2014 survey includes the following question asking respondents how important LGBT Prides were to them when making their travel plans. “How important can a local LGBT Pride, Film or other LGBT cultural festival be in motivating you to choose to visit a particular destination at the time of that festival?”

By Ian Johnson – Full Story at the Huffington Post

Gay Italians Travel More Than Their Straight Friends

Author: , October 19th, 2013

Gay TravelAccording to a presentation at this year’s Gay Tourism Expo held in Bergamo, Italy, gay tourism rakes in 2.5 billion Euros–that’s nearly 3.4 billion United States dollars–per year. The study was conducted by GfK Eurisko, one of the world’s largest market research companies.

GfK Eurisko’s research indicates that 44 percent of LGBT tourists have a diploma, while 37 percent have a degree. 17 percent are freelancers, while the average adult population of freelancers is only three percent. 12 percent are reported to be managers. LGBT tourists thus have a higher income than those within the total adult population: 42 percent have a salary of 1500 to 3000 Euros per month, or $2000 to $4000, compared to 28 percent of Italy’s whole adult population.

The study also found that LGBT Italians travel more often than the rest of Italy’s population–about 56 versus 45 percent respectively. They also tend to travel across Europe and in North America for long holidays, rather than within Italy.

See the Full Story at Dot429

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Study Says LGBT Travelers Are Traveling More

Author: , August 24th, 2013

Gay Pride Flag San FranciscoGay travel seems to be recovering more quickly than the mainstream travel market. Travel Weekly reports:

LGBT travelers also seem to have rebounded more quickly from the ill effects of the recession, according to the 17th Annual LGBT Tourism Survey released last October by San Francisco-based research firm Community Marketing. The study found that one-third of gay and lesbian respondents increased their 2011 level of travel in 2012. Survey respondents added, on average, one trip a year to their travel schedules, for a total of 4.7 leisure and 3.2 business trips among gay men and four leisure and 2.1 business trips among lesbians.

That sounds about right – I know we’re taking more trips this year.

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New Report Says Gays Want Welcoming Hotel Staffs

Author: , August 15th, 2013

titleFile this under duh. A new report says that a friendly hotel staff is important to LGBT travelers. Breaking Travel News reports:

Research commissioned by les Deux Messieurs, the UK’s guide to gay friendly getaways, and conducted by Out Now consulting reveals just how important gay welcoming hotel staff are to LGBT travellers when making their hotel and holiday choices. Ninety-two percent (92%) of respondents across the UK, Europe and the US cited that gay-welcoming staff were a consideration when booking a stay away; and to 54% of respondents said that whether staff were gay welcoming played a ‘very important’ part in choosing holiday accommodation.

And that’s why you use a site like Purple Roofs. ::: grin :::

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Canadian Gay Market Worth $7 Billion a Year, Study Says

Author: , September 10th, 2011

Canada Gay Travel MarketTravel Gay Canada (TGC) has announced the findings of its second research study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans-identified (LGBT) travelers. The finding? Gay Canadians show a market size of $7 billion annually. TGC estimates that there are 1.8 million gay, bisexual, lesbian and transgender travelers from Canada and they spend on average $1,131 per trip last year.

“The gay and lesbian travel market has remained relatively untapped by many of Canada’s destinations and tourism-related businesses, and therefore represents a lucrative opportunity,” Travel Gay Canada said. “As more and more destinations outside of Canada begin to actively target this market, Canadian businesses and destinations need to act now to ensure it captures and maintains market share.”

Although the actual size of the population that identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans-identified (LGBT) is unknown, according to TGC, it is estimated that in North America it’s close to 30 million people (6-8% of total population). “The total value of spending by the LGBT North American consumer market is estimated at 750 billion dollars, with tourism spending estimated to be more than 70 billion dollars.”

Full Story from eTurboNews

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Canada: Gay Travelers Plan to Travel More, Study Says

Author: , August 27th, 2011

Canadian Gay Travelers - StudyTravel Gay Canada (TGC) announced today the findings of their second research study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans-identified (LGBT) travelers, showing a market size of $7 billion annually. An estimated market of 1.8 million gay, bisexual, lesbian and transgender travelers spent on average $1,131 per trip last year.

The gay and lesbian travel market has remained relatively untapped by many of Canada’s destinations and tourism-related businesses and, therefore, represents a lucrative opportunity. As more and more destinations outside of Canada begin to actively target this market, Canadian businesses and destinations need to act now to ensure it captures and maintains market share.

Although the actual size of the population that identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans-identified is unknown, it is estimated that in North America, it’s close to 30 million people (6-8% of the total population). The total value of spending by the LGBT North American consumer market is estimated at 750 billion dollars, with tourism spending estimated to be more than 70 billion dollars.

Full Story from ETurboNews

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New Study: “Gay Friendly” Hotels Falling Short

Author: , November 8th, 2010

Companies claiming to be gay friendly are still falling short of the mark, a new survey reveals. The study of 8,000 people in the lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) market in the UK, and 30,000 globally, has shown many destinations and hotels are keen to claim they are gay friendly, without having put the work in to ensure they are.

Ian Johnson, chief executive of LGBT marketing firm Out Now Consulting which compiled the study, will on Wednesday at WTM urge companies to do more to ensure they are satisfying the market.

He said: “These days, suddenly everyone wants to be “gay friendly” and frankly, that has made today’s LGBT consumers extremely wary of the bona-fides of the welcome being extended.”

Full Story from Travel Weekly

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