Being LGBTQ+ Around the World
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PRIDE 2020: around the world

There are many overlapping experiences among LGBTQ+ individuals around the world, but one of the important things to be mindful of is that experiences are shaped by the community, culture, and location they happen in. These factors, alongside many others, can create very distinct experiences that guide how LGBTQ+ communities are formed and are perceived in their respective places.

Some examples of this are the baklâ of the Philippines, the māhū of the Polynesian Islands, and the two-spirit people of the First Nations and Native American people of Northern America. These cultures have historically had broader concepts of what gender is and how it functions with regard to social roles than some modern cultures. Cultures like these may have been impacted throughout the centuries by colonization, wars, and other environmental, social, or economic factors that have changed how being LGBTQ+ is perceived, but in many cultures these identities have survived or are being talked about in present day once again.

It is worth noting that while there are many different terms from different countries and cultures that are used to describe sexually diverse or gender variant people, these terms are specific to their cultures and shouldn’t be used by or about people who aren’t a part of those cultures without the express consent of the people of those cultures.

While these cultural differences can sometimes be favorable for LGBTQ+ people—especially those traveling elsewhere in the world to reach safer countries—they can also sometimes be dangerous. Doing research regarding the laws and public opinion of LGBTQ+ status in the country you live in (or plan to travel to, if you intend to travel) is very important for maintaining safety and well-being.

Your Thoughts

  • Have you had experiences where your culture has directly impacted how those experiences have played out?
  • Are there places in the world you want to travel to? If so, where?

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Life-is-the-bubblesHobbyist Digital Artist

Have you had experiences where your culture has directly impacted how those experiences have played out?

No, I don't think so. I am not Bi or lesbian, but I am very supportive LGBTQ :hug:

Are there places in the world you want to travel to? If so, where?

Japan :D

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nice

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ShadowDoctrineHobbyist Photographer

I look at this and I see hope :love:

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chassbHobbyist Digital Artist
  1. Yes. I'm deeply closeted, but everyone, where I live, is Homophobic.

2. Australia :) just don't know what part.

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CI0WNYHobbyist Digital Artist

Have you had experiences where your culture has directly impacted how those experiences have played out?

Hmm....don't think so.. : /

Are there places in the world you want to travel to? If so, where?

I would like to see the entire world, but I'm mostly interested in visiting Brazil, Sweden, Romania, Rome, or Antarctica : )

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  1. Yes, I live in the south, and my first few jobs I was found out to be AFAB, but I was able to play it off since I was pretty quiet. (Basically I let them think I was a girl, rather than disclose that I was actually trans for fear of discrimination and/or violence)
  1. Yes, so many places. I want to go back to Europe and go to more countries I haven't been yet, like Spain, Portugal, and maybe some Eastern countries like Japan, Russia, or even Australia. I'd have to update my papers quite a bit more before I go to some of them though.
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  1. I don't really know myself
  2. I want to live in japan and travel to many places, Germany, spain, france, Philippines, and meet some of my old friends again.
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I'm not sure. I think I'm in a fairly supportive zone.

I might like to emigrate from the US to a better-developed country, but many places don't accept autistic immigrants, and my family is here.

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Dilan-LuquezStudent Traditional Artist

1. Nop

2. I am only on my home lmao

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NongmindHobbyist Artist

1. No really. I seen rarely.

2. Japan and Singapore

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KaMy-zzHobbyist Digital Artist

<3

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SavageFrogHobbyist General Artist

Have you had experiences where your culture has directly impacted how those experiences have played out?

I live in a supposedly super religious society where if you're out, you run the risk of being attacked & being discriminated against in the workplace / during daily life. It's frustrating.

Are there places in the world you want to travel to? If so, where?

New Zealand, maybe Canada & Scotland too.

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1. nope not really

2. Canada or Ireland hopefully

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1. In an incredibly traditional family when it comes to marriage and gender I definitely internalised all of my queerness

2. I'd like to visit Canada or France one day!

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Orgullosa del Orgullo!!Rainbow 8D

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1- nope

2- id love to someday! I feel like Ireland would be a nice place to visit

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Dawnz-TaylorStudent Traditional Artist

1- Yes, a lot in fact. I'm in Vietnam, and the older generations still look down and judge the LGBT+ community real harsh, I once heard my own dad said if I don't want to be a proper girl then he might just ask mom to have another baby, so I just completely shut down the thought of telling anyone in my family about being bisexual. It hurt so much but for the time being, I guess I'm fine.

2- Totally, Canada, because of Good education, there is an art school in Toronto, a nice medical system, relatively affordable, and I'm more accepted there.

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1. No, I don't think so-

2. Yes! I would LOVE to travel worldwide!

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1.- I not see (in my point of view) something chance, I guess it was in the families with LGBT+ members

2.- I will love to travel in Egypt, Japan, England, Scotland, China,Argentina, Many places <3

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CryptoMaskStudent General Artist

1. I don't really know

2. I want to live in Spain and travel to places in Europe

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