United Kingdom travelers may be advised to avoid some parts of the U.S. this year.
Last week, the British Foreign Office released an advisory to warn LGBT travelers concerning the discrimination laws currently underway in North Carolina and Mississippi, according to the Washington Blade.
"The US is an extremely diverse society and attitudes towards LGBT people differ hugely across the country,” reads the advisory. “LGBT travelers may be affected by legislation passed recently in the states of North Carolina and Mississippi.”.
Last month, North Carolina Governor Pat McCroy signed in House Bill 2, forcing trans people to only use bathrooms that correspond to their gender assigned at birth, not their chosen gender. Similarly this month, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed House Bill 1523, which would allow discrimination — for moral or religious reasons — in the workplace due to gender identity and sexual orientation.
"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,” said Director of HRC Global Ty Cobb in a statement. “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.”