Guess Why the UK Just Issued a Travel Advisory for Brits Visiting the U.S.

The United Kingdom just issued a travel advisory for anyone from that country traveling to the United States, particularly North Carolina and Mississippi.

Apparently, recently enacted laws in those states are so extreme that they warrant a travel advisory from a foreign country, as if the United States is now a warzone.

North Carolina’s law requires that people use the gender-specific public facility – restroom, locker room, changing room, etc. – consistent with their gender at birth. The exception is if someone has had surgery rearranging his or her genitals such that they vaguely resemble the genitals of the opposite sex; and that person’s birth certificate has been updated to reflect that “gender change.” Also, the law only pertains to public facilities. It doesn’t attempt to control privately owned entities.

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Mississippi’s recent religious liberty law simply protects businesses and people from being discriminated against by the government. For instance, just as a “gay” florist should be free to refuse to serve a Christian customer, a Christian business owner should be free to refuse to serve a “gay” customer.

Here’s the UK’s travel advisory directed towards Brits considering visiting the United States, particularly North Carolina or Mississippi:

“Laws vary from state to state. When you are physically present in a state, even temporarily, you are subject to that state’s laws. You must carry a passport showing that you have leave to enter or remain with you at all times.

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

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