U.K. Issues Travel Warning to U.S. Amid Anti-LGBT Laws

The United Kingdom just issued a travel warning to the U.S. amid the anti-LGBT laws passed in Mississippi and North Carolina, according to the Independent.

The U.K. Foreign Office warned LGBT citizens traveling to the U.S. of the potential risks of visiting North Carolina and Mississippi, due to the recent passage of anti-gay laws.

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The warning is listed under the "Local Laws and Customs" section of the U.K.'s travel guide to the United States.

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

In March, North Carolina passed its controversial House Bill 2, which requires transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponds with the gender assigned on their birth certificate. The law also prevents local municipalities from passing anti-discrimination protections for people in the LGBT community, according to the Huffington Post. Then in April, Mississippi passed its House Bill 1523, which gives the right to religious organizations to deny services to the members of the LGBT community, if it violates their faith.


“It is both frightening and embarrassing that one of our nation’s staunchest allies has warned its citizens to of the risks of traveling to North Carolina and Mississippi because of anti-LGBT laws passed by their elected officials,” director of Human Rights Campaign Global Ty Cobb said in a press release. “It is now more clear than ever that these terrible measures are not only harming individuals and taking an economic toll on the states, but are also causing serious damage to our nation’s reputation, and the perceived safety of LGBT people who travel here.”

The decision comes just a day before President Barack Obama plans to make a stop to the U.K., Pink News reports.