British Government Warns U.S. Is A Risky Destination For Brit LGBT Travelers

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The British aren’t coming! The British aren’t coming!

As if the new anti-LGBT laws in North Carolina and Mississippi weren’t embarrassing enough, now the British government has issued a travel advisory update, warning Brit LGBT tourists that the U.S. may be a risky destination.

Yup, you read that correctly. According to the Brits, America might be a dangerous place to travel if you’re a member of the Brit LGBT community.

England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland have posted warnings on their websites that urge anyone traveling to the southern U.S. states to rethink their travel plans.

The British government travel advisory update 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.”

The update advises Brit LGBT citizens to avoid “excessive physical shows of affection” in public and warns that
“Some hotels, especially in rural areas, won’t accept bookings from same-sex couples – check before you go.”

Both North Carolina and Mississippi have come under fire here in the U.S. for passing the legislation that essentially discriminates against LGBT people, with a growing number of companies, artists, and government agencies refusing to do business in those states.

Now the controversial anti-LGBT laws are threatening to cost the U.S. millions of dollars in lost business and tourism.

The North Carolina “bathroom” law, also known as HB2, blocks cities from allowing transgender people to use public bathrooms for the sex they identify as, as well as more widely restricting cities from passing nondiscrimination laws.

Mississippi’s so-called “religious liberties” House Bill 1523, will take effect in July.

Both pieces of legislation would protect those groups from punishment if they act “consistent with a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction.”

The legislation Ty Cobb, director of Human Rights Campaign Global, said that the move by the UK government was a “frightening and embarrassing” development.

“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 nation’s reputation, and the perceived safety of LGBT people who travel here,” said Cobb.

Huffington Post reports there are more than 100 active bills pending that could affect LGBT people in 22 states.

It’s a sad state of affairs when tourists are warned to stay away from America, a country nearly every world citizen wants to visit coast-to-coast. But leave it to the comedy site Funny or Die to lampoon the silly legislation and its potentially dire effect on tourism.

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