September 19, 2020 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

UK Warns against LGBT travel to North Carolina, Mississippi

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BY TROY MASTERS  |   The United Kingdom on April 19 issued a travel alert to all UK citizens regarding new laws that endanger LGBT people in North Carolina and Mississippi.

“Local laws and customs section – LGBT travellers may be affected by legislation passed recently in the states of North Carolina and Mississippi”

“The US is an extremely diverse society and attitudes towards LGBT people differ hugely across the country. LGBT travellers may be affected by legislation passed recently in the states of North Carolina and Mississippi. Before travelling please read our general travel advice for the LGBT community. You can find more detail on LGBT issues in the US on the website of the Human Rights Campaign.”

“It is both frightening and embarrassing that one of our nation’s staunchest allies has warned its citizens of the risks of traveling to North Carolina and Mississippi because of anti-LGBT laws passed by their elected officials,” Ty Cobb, the director of Human Rights Campaign’s global efforts, said in a statement following the U.K. advisory.

North Carolina presently bars localities from passing nondiscrimination ordinances and requires people to use the gender appropriate bathrooms that corresponds to their sex at birth. Mississippi allows businesses to refuse service to LGBT people and also bans transgender people from using the bathroom.

Boycotts have been announced by entertainers and Fortune 500 companies alike and it is estimated the new laws have cost the states several billion dollars.

 

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