In recognition of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month, we celebrate Fulbright Students and Scholars who promote the importance of inclusion and diversity within international exchange.


  1. Chane Corp, 2014-2015 Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to Tajikistan, shares his story of encouraging his students to continue their work in building a more inclusive and tolerant country. "You're...part of helping helping students and other people learn more about life in America and what it means to be a diverse and inclusive community," he says about his ETA experience.
  2. As a Fulbright Specialist, Julie Koch worked with the LGBT Centre in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia to develop a comprehensive training on LGBT affirmative work and establish a crisis helpline. "I continue to communicate and collaborate with the contacts I made during my time in Mongolia," she writes. "I hope to assist the LGBT Centre in their future goal of a nationwide survey of LGBT people across Mongolia."
  3. Fulbrighter Brandt Miller also studied the LGBT community in Mongolia, which culminated in a multimedia exhibition of photography, oral history, and a film.
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  5. Czeslaw Walek, Fulbright Visiting Scholar from the Czech Republic, recently spoke to the Bay Area Reporter about major changes in LGBT rights in the Czech Republic. As a Fulbright Scholar at Out and Equal in San Francisco, Walek is learning how to get Czech and transnational companies more involved in LGBT rights.
  6. As a 2013-2015 Fulbright Foreign Student from Vietnam, Tam Nguyen had to opportunity to participate in Central Pennsylvania’s LGBT networks. "Before I began my Fulbright grant, I had assumed that my LGBT activism experience in Vietnam would need to be put on hold for a while, but this has turned out not to be the case," he said. "The Community Psychology and Social Change Program has a perfect combination of research and field requirements through which I am able to strengthen my academic knowledge base and gain hands-on experience in social change processes."
  7. Markus Bidell, 2014-2015 Fulbright Scholar to the UK, worked with colleagues at Regent's University in London to research LGBT competency and training for mental health and medical providers. "Being awarded the 2014-2015 Regent’s University Fulbright Scholar Award brought home how far we have come regarding LGBT social science and public policy, but also how much work still remains," he said. "I think my generation of academics is likely the first that could be open and out as well as pursue LGBT scholarship."
  8. Jeff Roy traveled to India as a Fulbright-mtvU Fellow create a documentary about how members of the LGBTQIA community there use music and dance to craft a contemporary, urban identity.
  9. Giffin Daughtridge, 2011-2012 Fulbright U.S. Student to Colombia, dedicated his year to delivering Hepatitis B vaccines to female and transsexual sex worker population in Bogotá. "The Fulbright Program launched a new passion for me," he wrote. "My academic studies at the Universidad Nacional gave me a foundation in public health and epidemiology while the flexibility of the grant allowed me exposure to the issue of limited vaccination coverage and the ability to pursue my solution."
  10. After returning to the United States, Giffin worked with Dr. Helen Koenig to launch an HIV prevention clinic in Philadelphia and found UrSure, an HIV prevention company that makes patient friendly urine tests.
  11. Fulbright Scholar Tom Trice researched the history of the Blue Diamond Society, the first LGBT rights organization in Nepal, to study the impact of the organization on public policy as well as society’s attitudes towards the LGBT community. "What prompted me to focus on Nepal, in particular, was a series of online news stories suggesting that the nation’s leaders were intent on granting full civil rights to LGBT individuals," he explained. "This would be a first for an Asian polity and reminded me of the similarly revolutionary roles played by Argentine and South African LGBT movements."
  12. Through the Fulbright Student Program, Zach Thimmesh Gill had the opportunity to explore issues in the Arctic region. Though he was initially nervous about applying, he found a supportive community that he continues to keep in touch with as an Alumni Ambassador. "I was initially nervous to apply to the program because I’m a female-to-male transsexual... I spent a long time agonizing over whether to apply to the program. I’m glad I did," he writes. "So dream big and know that you, with all that encompasses, are welcome and wanted at Fulbright."
  13. Justin Hill, 2009-2010 Fulbright Student to Barbados, examined the risk and health-seeking behaviors of incarcerated men in Her Majesty’s Prison Dodds. By connecting with experts in Barbados, he found success in conducting his research.