St. Cloud State University is dedicated to providing an inclusive and educational environment for all SCSU students, staff, faculty, alumni, allies and the community at large.
We recognize that identities in our global community intersect with and impact our daily experiences of gender and sexuality with race, ethnicity, class, ability, age, culture, and all social systems. We are committed to social justice as we foster student development and personal growth, and we cultivate an inclusive, open, and supportive community through education, collaboration, advocacy, and programming.
The LGBT Resource Center and the Center for International Studies strive to promote full inclusion of LGBT persons and allies at SCSU and to eliminate homophobia and heterosexism on our campus and within our communities. As more than 450 students on campus learn abroad each year, it becomes increasingly important to foster and encourage LGBT students to study in countries that have the resources available to them for a safe, inclusive learning environment.
Resources (by country)
The recognition and rights of LGBT individuals and couples in Australia have gradually been increasing within the states and territories since the 1970s. Australia’s large cities such as Brisbane (2.5 hours north), and Sydney provide many resources for LGBT people. Domestic partnerships are recognized in some southeastern areas but currently same sex marriage is prohibited since 2004 through the Marriage Legislation Amendment Bill. As of 2009, same-sex couples receive the same level of recognition as opposite-sex couples in federal legislation including tax, health, superannuation, and aged care. Southern Cross University does not have a resource center, but the town of Lismore is relatively accepting and held a march supporting same-sex marriage on August 1, 2009. The support continues to grow, and as of October 2010, nearly 80% of Australia's population between 18-24 support same-sex rights.
The LGBT movement in Chile is in its infancy due to political unrest before the 1990s. Now that democracy is firmly established, Chile’s Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation has pushed a Civil Rights Bill to Congress in 2009. Chile is leaving some of its machismo culture behind to foster civil rights. Universidad de Concepcion does not have a resource center on campus.
The United Kingdom is considered the leading region in LGBT rights. Since 2004, civil partnerships have been legal which gives couples the same rights and benefits as civil marriage. Students studying at Alnwick Castle will be in a very diverse and inclusive atmosphere with the resources in the castle as well as nearby cities such as Newcastle (45 minutes away) and gay cultural centers of Edinburgh, Scotland (2 hours north) and London (5 hours). The University of Newcastle offers Mosaic, which is the LGBT network for the Newcastle area.
Germany is one of the most progressive countries in Europe for LGBT rights. Registered partnerships have been allowed since 2001, and since October 2009 full benefits and rights have been put into law by the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany. There is a Lesbian and Gay Federation of Germany. Ingolstadt being a relatively small town does not have any LGBT resources, but Munich is 45 minutes to the south and is an LGBT cultural center. The University of Munich provides some cultural resources.
Japan has no outright laws against LGBT individuals. It has some laws in place protecting LGBT rights, including transgender individuals. Japan however, has a higher age of consent for same-sex partners as opposed to opposite-sex couples. Tokyo has worked to ban discrimination of homosexuals in the workplace, but civil rights laws regarding the issue in Japan have been slow to gain support. On March 27, 2009, the Japanese Justice Ministry announced plans to issue the necessary certificates for its citizens to marry foreign same-sex partners who are citizens of countries where same-sex marriage is legal.
In 1993, a Post-Apartheid South Africa and the African National Congress recognized the legality of same sex marriage. South Africa would also become the first country to prohibit same-sex discrimination in their constitution. However, outside of major cities in South Africa, discrimination and harassment occur more severely than in the major cities. Cape Town is considered the gay capitol of South Africa. Pride festivals are held in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, and Knysna (2.5 hours from Port Elizabeth). Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University does not have a resource center.
South Korea has tried to reject homophobia and protect civil rights since 2000 and is considered the most progressive country in Asia. No laws have made it through the federal government, but the Democratic Labor Party (3rd largest party in the country) has LGBT rights and same-sex marriage on its agenda. Kirikiri is a Seoul based lesbian counseling group, and Solidarity for LGBT Human Rights in South Korea, the Korean Sexual Minority Culture and Rights Centre and Lesbian and Gay Alliance Against Discrimination in Korea are activist organizations. Seoul has Itaewon, a semi-public gay tourist district. Yonsei University has the first gay organization in Korea since 1995 called Maum003, or “Come Together”.