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U.K. Warns LGBT Travelers About North Carolina and Mississippi Laws

April 22, 2016

Carlos McKnight, from Washington, D.C., waves a rainbow colored flag outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, June 26, 2015. The high court will decide by the end of the month whether the Constitution gives gays the right to marry. The court's actions until now have suggested that a majority of the nine justices will vote to legalize same-sex weddings nationwide. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Carlos McKnightCarlos McKnight, from Washington, D.C., waves a rainbow colored flag outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, June 26, 2015. The high court will decide by the end of the month whether the Constitution gives gays the right to marry. The court's actions until now have suggested that a majority of the nine justices will vote to legalize same-sex weddings nationwide. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Carlos McKnight
A rainbow colored flag is waved outside the U.S. Supreme Court.Photograph by Andrew Harrer — Bloomberg Finance LP

The British Foreign Office updated its travel advisories Tuesday to warn LGBT travelers about recent legislation passed in North Carolina and Mississippi.

The new religious freedom law in Mississippi allows businesses to refuse service based on opposition to same sex marriage, and HB 2 in North Carolina mandates that transgender people use bathrooms according to their birth sex.

“The US is an extremely diverse society and attitudes towards LGBT people differ hugely across the country,” states the Foreign Office advice about the U.S. “LGBT travellers may be affected by legislation passed recently in the states of North Carolina and Mississippi.”

Before Tuesday’s update, the Foreign Office had only offered general advice that LGBT travelers “take care abroad.”

[The Independent, Washington Post]