Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The UK Issues Travel Warning About The Anti-LGBT Laws In The US

It is well known that both North Carolina and Mississippi's controversial new anti-LGBT laws are already threatening to cost the U.S. states millions in lost business and tourism.

But that situation could be set to get a whole lot worse.

The UK government has updated it's foreign travel advice and has issued a warning to it's British citizens about the risks visiting America's south.

The update, issued by the UK Foreign Office resides on its website under the heading of "local laws and customs," highlights potential problems for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LBGT) people when they travel abroad.

The warning reads...

"The U.S. is an extremely diverse society and attitudes towards LGBT people differ hugely across the country. LGBT travelers may be affected by legislation passed recently in the states of North Carolina and Mississippi."

It then goes on to state that attitudes around the world "can be very different to those of the UK," but travelers are unlikely to have any problems if they prepare well and research their destination before they go.

Embarrassingly the warning was published just before President Obama and Michelle Obama visited the UK last week to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday.

The warning listed on the UK government website appears to be the first reported instance where a foreign government has warned its citizens about HB 2 in North Carolina and HB 1523 in Mississippi which effectively legalized anti-LGBT discrimination.

Thank you North Carolina and Mississippi... You've done America proud!

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