There are many resources in the United States that international LGBT students should be aware of during their time on U.S. campuses. The below links and information are meant to provide prospective international LGBT students with a better understanding of the resources available to them at U.S. colleges and universities and through LGBT organizations in the United States. Many individual campuses also have LGBT student services and associations that maintain further information.
Campus Pride: Campus Pride is a privately-run organization that assesses the LGBT climate of universities and colleges.
- Top 50 LGBT-friendly campuses: campuspride.org/resources/best-of-the-best-2015-campus-pride-top-25-lgbtq-friendly-colleges-universities/
- Prospective Student Resources: campuspride.org/prospective-student-resources/
- Scholarship Opportunities: campuspride.org/scholarships
Consortium of Higher Education Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Professionals: The combined vision and mission of the Consortium is to achieve higher education environments in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni have equity in every respect.
- This website shows which university campuses across the United States have LGBT Student Centers. lgbtcampus.org/lgbt-map
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.
- The website includes a host of resources, including scholarship information. pointfoundation.org
LGBT Organizations in the United States: Many cities and towns in the United States have large LGBT community centers and organizations. The LGBT organizations often work on specific LGBT rights issues and the community centers provide a safe space for all LGBT persons.
- LGBT Organizations: https://www.lgbtcenters.org/
- LGBT Community Centers in United States: lgbtcenters.org/Centers/find-a-center.aspx
LGBT Health Resources: The United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provides a listing of health clinics and service providers that serve the LGBT community in particular.
Legal Status of LGBT Issues in United States: The legal protections for LGBT persons vary from state to state; the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has created a digital map to illustrate this.
United States Government Support for LGBT Persons: The United States has made clear in numerous declarations and statements its support for LGBT rights worldwide.
- U.S. Department of State: state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2014/05/226253.htm
- White House: whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/24/fact-sheet-advancing-human-rights-lgbt-persons-globally
Consular Questions: For more information on consular issues for LGBT students who are planning to apply for a student visa and their partners, please check the State Department’s Consular Affairs page on student visas.
- Effective immediately: U.S. embassies and consulates will adjudicate visa applications that are based on a same-sex marriage in the same way that heterosexual applications are adjudicated. Please refer to the specific guidance on the visa classification for which you are applying for more details on documentation required for derivative spouses. For further information, please see our FAQ’s.