LGBT Cultural Overview

Most major world cities are open-minded and respond positively to people of different races, religions, sexual orientations, and gender identities; however please keep in mind that there are some differences in perspective and levels of acceptance. Each abroad site has its own center of LGBT culture, like the Soho area of London, Chueca in Madrid, or Le Marais in Paris. These areas contain LGBT organizations, nightclubs, cafes, and other institutions. Other sites such as Accra, Ghana and Shanghai, China are struggling to achieve equal rights and protection for LGBT citizens. Still, both possess cultural centers and organizations aimed at supporting gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals. One thing to keep in mind is that queer culture in some of these international cities is not as visible as it is in places like New York or San Francisco. In cities such as Prague, for example, it is a more of an underground culture that shines within the clubs as opposed to outside in the streets. (In fact many of the LGBT bars and clubs are, quite literally, underground!). All of these places while, sharing qualities of the NYC queer community, offer their own cultural interpretation.

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