There are many resources in the United States that US and international lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, asexual, intersex, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) students should be aware of during their time on U.S. campuses. This more important than ever since the number of American young adults ages 18-23 who self-identify as LGBTQ+ is 15.9% according to a February 2021 Gallop Poll study. In that study, 7.9% of all respondence chose not to answer the question of sexual orientation so the actual number could be statistically much higher. Further, a study by the University of Surrey found that 29% of American’s between 18-30 years old who self-identify as heterosexual self-report having same-gender sexual experience occasionally.
The below links and information is meant to provide prospective international LGBTI students with a better understanding of the resources available to them at U.S. colleges and universities and through LGBTI organizations in the United States. Many individual campuses also have LGBTI student services and associations that maintain further information.
OutBüro: OutBüro is an LGBTQ online community for LGBTQ professionals and entrepreneurs. It is NOT like Facebook, Instagram, Tiktok, or a hookup site. It is more like LinkedIn, only queer. recently a former Facebook head of Human Resources said in an interview with OutBüro that 80% of jobs are filled through connection networks. Start building your LGBTQ professional network on OutBüro through groups. There is a group for LGBTQ students, industry groups, entrepreneur groups, local groups, and more. Consider starting a group for your school to interact with current students to over time build an alumni presence. You can even search for LGBTQ professional who has indicated they are open to being a mentor. As employers come on to the site and share all they do for their LGBT employees and the community. Additionally, check out the growing number of current and recent past employer ratings/reviews from LGBTQ employees right alongside job listings by those employers.
Consortium of Higher Education Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Professionals: The combined vision and mission of the Consortium of Higher Education Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Professionals is to achieve higher education environments in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni have equity in every respect.
Point Foundation: Point Foundation empowers promising lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society. Their website includes a host of resources, including scholarship information. See our article: Point Foundation: LGBTQ Students Apply for Scholarships
CenterLink: Many cities and towns in the United States have large LGBTI community centers that often work on specific LGBTI rights issues and provide a safe space for all LGBTI persons. CenterLink is a U.S. member-based organization that supports the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers.
LGBTI Health Resources: The United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provides information on LGBTI health issues and a listing of health clinics and service providers that serve the LGBTI community in particular.
Crisis Intervention: The Trevor Project is a the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTI youth. Call, text or live chat with trained persons who can help.
Legal Status of LGBTI Issues in United States: The legal protections for LGBTI persons vary from state to state; the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has created digital maps to illustrate these.
Consular Questions: For more information on consular issues for LGBTI students who are planning to apply for a student visa and their spouses or partners, please check the State Department’s Consular Affairs page on student visas.
PFLAG: Does your parent, guardian, or family members need support? Suggests Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. They have lots of information on their website and hundreds of local chapters.
Important Notice: Same-sex spouses of U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), along with their minor children, are now eligible for the same immigration benefits as opposite-sex spouses. Consular officers at U.S. embassies and consulates will adjudicate their immigrant visa applications upon receipt of an approved I-130 or I-140 petition from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. For further information, please see the Consular Affairs Frequently Asked Questions page.