Published on : Friday, April 22, 2016
The UK has updated it travel advice for LGBT tourists stating that the US is an extremely diverse society and attitudes towards LGBT people differ hugely across the country.
It has advised all travellers to read the general Travel advice for LGBT travellers and the new legislation passed by the states of North Carolina and Mississippi may affect the travellers from the UK. The Human right Campaign issued by the US will give travellers a better idea of the travel warning.
In response to the warning Ty Cobb, director of US-based Human Rights Campaign Global, feels that the advice is embarrassing and frightening.
The House Bill HB2 which was passed in Carolina makes it clear that LGBT people were to use bathrooms that match with their biological sex instead of the sex they identified with discriminates the LGBT people. However the law is being challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of North Carolina, Lambda Legal and Equality North Carolina, but the impact of this bill is being felt in the tourism industry. Business worth $2.4m (£1.6m) is lost every day and $732,000 a week before, a total of $3.1m was lost a week ahead of that according to the reports of Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Performers like Ringo Starr, Bryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen and Cirque du Soleil canceled their trips in response to the bill to North Carolina. Business is suffering badly as Paypal had planned to open office in the state had cancelled its plans. Almost 400 job creations were expected. Deutsche Bank too has backed out from expansion plans.