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Created 30 years ago, Belta (Association of Brazilian Exchange Agencies) aims to promote international education in the country by offering programs in various destinations. Non-profit, the organization focuses on certifying with the “Selo Belta” reliable agencies in the sector through a process of financial, technical and suitability analysis of the agencies.

When thinking about exchange destination options, it is common for LGBT students to look for more “friendly” places that already have policies to combat prejudice, says the company.

“Whenever a person looks for an exchange program at an agency with the Belta Seal, they are recommended to countries that match the exchange student’s profile and personality, from course length, pleasant atmosphere, format with work or just studies, and so on. Within this context, if a person is looking for a country for being LGBTQIA+, it is our duty to list and talk about the culture and social functioning of the dear destination. And this is as serious as any other exchange program information.”, explains Alexandre Argenta, president of Belta – Association of Exchange Agencies in Brazil.

5 LGBTQIA+ friendly countries to exchange
Photo: Reproduction / VisitBritain

5 LGBTQIA+ friendly countries to exchange

Based on the Spartacus International Gay Guide, the agency recommends the following countries:

UNITED KINGDOM
The country has a law that encourages judges to give a heavier sentence in assault cases where the victim’s sexual orientation is motivated. In addition, police train officers to identify these attacks, according to a 2011 US State Department human rights survey. For more information on travel and exchanges in the UK, Visit Britain and the British Council will be this Thursday, June 16th, with a stand at the 20th Cultural Fair of Diversity of the LGBT+ Parade of São Paulo, in Largo do Arouche, from from 10 am. Also acess: www.visitbritain.com/loveisgreat.

CANADA
According to the 2020 ranking, created by the Spartacus International Gay Guide, which annually lists the countries most receptive to LGBT+, Canada was number one, containing anti-discrimination laws, legalization of marital union, permission for adoption, recognition of trans rights, marketing LGBT — in addition to not having, in general, none of the negative aspects, such as travel restrictions for HIV positive people, religious influence, intolerance and others.

NEW ZELAND
The country bans “therapeutic” calls for sexual conversion. The new law criminalizes procedures that seek to alter the sexual orientation, expression or identity of community members. In addition, homosexuals occupy 9% of the 120 seats of parliament, according to the American website Advocate.

SPAIN
Spanish local law prohibits discrimination based on race, gender, disability or social standing, and the government generally complies. The country allows gay marriage and joint adoption, making Spain one of the main countries on the continent that most respect LGBT+ human rights.

MALTA
The country is considered the most LGBT+ friendly in Europe, according to a list released by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Association (Ilga). The country also passed the same-sex marriage law, in addition to legislation to combat LGBTphobia, punishing doctors and health professionals who subject patients to gay healing therapies with prison.

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