The United Kingdom government has issues new warnings to its LGBT community about traveling to parts of the United States that have introduced anti-gay legislation.
The UK Foreign Offices issued the warning after both North Carolina and Mississippi passed new legislation allowing businesses to “turn away” LGBT people on the grounds of religion.
The Foreign Office said, “The US is an extremely diverse society and attitudes towards LGBT people differ hugely across the country. 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”.
“LGBT travellers may be affected by legislations passed recently in the states of North Carolina and Mississippi”.
“Before travelling please read our general travel advice for the LGBT community,” adding, “You can find more detail on LGBT issues in the US on the website of the Human Rights Campaign”.