"There were three queer women, including me, on my study abroad semester in Ghana, Africa. Although Ghana is known to be intolerant of the LGBTQ community, none of us experienced any issues around our identities while living there. While I decided to live on campus with other students, the other two women chose to live in homestays with Ghanaian families. They chose not to disclose their identities with their families, but we were all "out" with our peers in our program. To me, being out was not super important, as I was there to learn about a new culture and make new friends. I definitely think it's important to think about safety for anyone that travels abroad, but also considering your own identities and how you want to live them out is an important part of the process."
- Alli, CIEE Ghana