Living and Studying in Europe as an LGBT

, by Boris Donev

Living and Studying in Europe as an LGBT

Many people dream of traveling abroad for different purposes. Some may want to seek the benefits of studying abroad and some may even think of changing their residence permanently.

Regardless of the motivation and despite not knowing what the future is hiding, for most of us living abroad is supposed to be exciting. Waiting to see new places, meet new people, learn new things, enjoy and collect memories and, simply put, starting an entirely new life is a thrilling event. But for LGBTs, this is not the case. Going abroad to live, commonly in trying to escape a rough environment, can be daunting and scary for them.

People’s opinions and perception toward important social issues, including here marginalized groups like LGBTs, have gone under significant positive changes in recent years. Societies are now starting to accept and value diversity, therefore living abroad as an LGBT is not that hard as it used to.

However, the goal of living totally free without being judged and excluded because of your sexual orientation is not soon to be achieved. The LGBTs still face too many hurdles on their day-to-day lives and while most of them choose to move on to another country in hope of finding a better place to live, it doesn’t turn to be any better than their previous place of residing.

To a certain degree, EU countries stand better than the rest of the world when speaking of the living standards for the LGBTs. The community enjoys an increased support among politicians and all parties involved in decision-making. These support groups have continually contributed to boosting the LGBTs welfare by establishing laws that protect them, giving equal opportunities in their societies. There are fewer cases reported of LGBT individuals being teased publicly, offended or even physically attacked. Countries have well-established jurisdiction that protects the rights of LGBTs and gives them the opportunity to study, work and live free and safe.

Despite their obvious improvements on LGBTs issues, among EU countries, there are surely slight differences on how well LGBT are treated and how are the possibilities of making a normal life. According to a survey conducted earlier in 2018, Malta is the best place to live for LGBTs. The survey relied on factors including the laws protecting the LGBTs, equal working opportunities, rent and other living costs and the overall atmosphere relating to LGBTs as well. Some other countries that are highly valued as LGBT-friendly are Denmark, Croatia, Spain, United Kingdom, etc.

Living abroad in EU countries, despite minor problems that may be associated with it, represents a bunch of opportunities for LGBTs. Having a life with fewer problems should not be what one an LGBT person strives for in his lifetime. One individual can find a good job and start a successful career. Even better someone can choose to seek a university degree and use his academic gains in solving common LGBT problems. European universities are the best indicator and measurement of how much the continent has developed in treating issues relating to the community of LGBT. In a broader perspective, they have been at the center of many initiatives that aimed to deliver LGBTs concerns and pushed things forward. Today, in many of them there are organized communities of LGBT students and staff where you can join and seek help for issues relating to your sexual assignment if needed.

Sincerely there’s no way of facing these challenges as an LGBT other than just having a superior education. Fortunately, there are many attractive options for LGBTs at this point. This is true even for some of the most popular study destinations like the UK and Germany.

Why not pursue the benefits of studying in the UK, one of the best and the most hospitable places to live and study? At British universities studying as an LGBT won’t be any different from other students. Furthermore, to a certain degree, LGBT graduates carry a higher employability to those who define themselves as heterosexual.

The UK universities have a diverse student community and organized groups that gather around the same goal of dealing with problems and issues of shared interests. These groups are committed to increasing the awareness of society about the benefits of having diversity in one society and increase these students’ inclusion in social events. On their agenda, they have a number of different activities where they come all together, entertain and discuss for important issues related to them, to help them relieve the psychological pressure they’re charged and so on.

Germany, on the other hand, has some high-quality and LGBT-friendly universities to keep your eyes on. Not surprisingly, the majority of international students in Germany are likely to remain there.

To wrap this up, living abroad is hard for everyone at the beginning and this is not the case with LGBTs only. However, how are you supposed to seek better in a new and unknown environment when you haven’t been able to do it in your home country? Well, we’re talking about Europe, baby. Its countries and their societies functioning draw on principles of freedom, equality and diversity. There are many more people with the same problems gathering together to make their voices heard. This means that living abroad in EU may be a chance to change your life as an LGBT for better while facing problems that are mainly smaller than in your previous place of living.

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