After North Carolina passed its transphobic "bathroom bill" last month, the state has been slammed with a number of high profile cancellations from musicians like Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam, as well as businesses like Paypal.
But now it appears there's a new group of people being asked to think twice about visiting states which recently passed legislation affecting the LGBT community: British tourists.
In the "Local Laws and Customs" section of the UK.gov's travel advice for visiting the United States, prospective visitors are advised that:
The U.S. is an extremely diverse society and attitudes towards LGBT people differ hugely across the country. LGBT travelers may be affected by legislation passed recently in the states of North Carolina and Mississippi.
The site also recommends users review general advice for LGBT travelers headed overseas from the UK. There, members of the LGBT community are assured:
[UK] embassy staff will help you if you run into problems overseas, especially if you feel that you can’t approach the local police. We won’t make generalizations, assumptions or pass judgement.
Our staff overseas monitor and record incidents brought to their attention by British nationals about the treatment they have received from host authorities and issues of concern are regularly raised with the relevant body
Coming shortly after the passage of North Carolina's "bathroom bill," Mississippi's House Bill 1523—which offers legal protections for people who, in a number of circumstances, refuse service to members of the LGBT community—has been widely criticized as an example of some of the most sweeping anti-LGBT legislation in the nation.
Citing Britain's The Independent, the North Carolina based News and Observer reports that this is the first time the UK Foreign Office has issued state-specific advice for LGBT travelers.