UK Warns Its LGBT Citizens About Trips to US

Advisory notes new anti-gay laws in NC, Miss.
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2016 1:44 PM CDT
UK Warns Its LGBT Citizens About Trips to US
A rainbow flag, which represents the LGBT community, and a US flag are displayed together on the steps of the Sacramento LGBT Community Center in Sacramento, Calif., on June 26, 2015.   (KCRA3, KXTV10, KOVR13, KUVS19, KMAZ31, KTXL40)

The rest of the world is taking notice of recent laws passed in the US, specifically new anti-gay measures implemented in North Carolina and Mississippi. And in the UK, citizens are actually being warned to stay vigilant while traveling across the pond. Per the Independent, Britain's Foreign Office has issued an advisory, noting in its "Local Laws and Customs" section on the USA that LGBT visitors to America could face some issues. After noting that "attitudes towards LGBT people differ hugely across the country," it warns that travelers "may be affected by legislation passed recently in the states of North Carolina and Mississippi." It then dispenses some advice on staying safe.

Specific suggestions include avoiding "excessive physical shows of affection" in public and remaining "wary of new-found 'friends'—criminals sometimes exploit the generally open and relaxed nature of the gay scene." The message also directs readers to the Human Rights Campaign website for further info. "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," says HRC Global Director Ty Cobb. The advisory was issued right before President Obama's scheduled arrival in London Thursday to voice his misgivings at the idea of Britain defecting from the EU, per the Guardian. (One state that recently bucked the "religious liberty" trend: Georgia.)

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