The UK Government has updated its travel advice for its LGBT citizens planning to take a trip to the US.
The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FOC) has updated its travel advice to LGBT+ people planning to travel to the USA – after legislation recently changed in North Carolina and Mississippi which affects LGBT+ people.
Both North Carolina and Mississippi have passed bills that enable business owners to discriminate against LGBT people if they offend their religious beliefs.
Last month North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed the bill HB2 which also requires trans people to use the bathroom which matches the gender identity printed on their birth certificates.
The UK Government’s advice warns travellers,
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.
The laws in North Carolina and Mississippi have proved extremely controversial leaving businesses such as PayPal abandoning plans to invest in North Carolina and a number of stars including Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr to have pulled out of performances. Pearl Jam announced they too were cancelling a performance in the state.