Looks like the good ole US of A is joining the ranks of other socially-progressive nations such as Egypt, Uganda and Russia, as places the UK Foreign Office deems to be places for LGBT travelers to take precautions.
Okay, maybe a slight exaggeration, but it is pretty tragic that the UK government feels compelled to issue a new warning to their citizens thanks to some recent anti-gay legislation -- namely North Carolina's anti-trans bathroom law and Mississippi's new bill, which allows the denial of services to gay couples on religious grounds.
"The US is an extremely diverse society and attitudes towards LGBT people hugely different across the country," the Foreign Office's statement reads. "LGBT travelers may be affected by legislation passed recently in the states of North Carolina and Mississippi."
Previously, the Foreign Office only specified that members of the UK LGBT community should just "take care abroad" whilst visiting the US -- but these new notations are "frightening and embarrassing" to many, in the words of Ty Cobb, Director of Human Rights Campaign Global.
"One of our nation's staunchest allies has warned its citizens of the risks of traveling to North Carolina and Mississippi because of anti-LGBT laws passed by their elected officials," he said. "It is now more clear than ever that these terrible measures are not only harming individuals and taking an economic toll on the states, but are also causing serious damage to our nation's reputation, and the perceived safety of LGBT people who travel here."