North Carolina and Mississippi’s controversial new laws affecting LGBT rights are already threatening to cost the U.S. states millions in lost business and tourism.
That situation could be set to worsen after the UK government updated foreign travel advice warning British citizens about risks visiting America’s south.
The update issued by the UK Foreign Office on its website under the heading of “local laws and customs,” highlights potential problems for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LBGT) people.
“The U.S. is an extremely diverse society and attitudes towards LGBT people differ hugely across the country,” it says. “LGBT travelers may be affected by legislation passed recently in the states of North Carolina and Mississippi.”
The warning comes just ahead of President Obama and Michelle Obama’s visit to the UK to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday.
The U.S. is now one of a number of countries and territories about which the UK Foreign Office offers advice to LGBT travelers.
In its general advice, it states that attitudes around the world “can be very different to those of the UK,” but travelers are unlikely to have any problems if they prepare well and research their destination before they go.
This comes to little surprise. I was talking to a guy about US politics and he said that the world hates America, especially The South, because it represents the worst of America. I was also on a graduate student forum reading a thread dated 2012 warning students to stay away from Southern universities because “there’s a reason why,” which I can only guess “the reason why” is that belief that such a region is not LGBT friendly.
UK has done similar things. It banned Mark Savage from entering and Donal Trump’s ban is currently pending.
I’m not even white and I think all this “gotta keep your wits about ya in The South” is just plain ol’ idiocy. In great irony it’s fear-mongering and in some ways black mailing (PayPal, Springsteen, Gov. Cuomo).