UK warns travelers to US about anti-LGBT laws in North Carolina and Mississippi

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Britain Issues Warning For LGBT Travelers to U.S.

The recent slate of anti-LGBT legislation proposed — and passed — in some U.S. states hasn't gone unnoticed by the rest of the world. On Thursday, CNN reported that the U.K. government had added an update to its official foreign travel advice for visitors to the U.S. under the "Local laws and customs" section, saying "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."

Read more: In Wake of Anti-Trans Law, North Carolinians Tell the World #WeAreNotThis

The warning refers to both HB2 — the so-called bathroom bill that recently passed in North Carolina, which bans trans people from using public restrooms that are not their assigned gender, and Mississippi's "religious freedom" law — also recently passed, that legalizes discrimination against LGBT people if it is "consistent with a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction," reports CNN.

See more from the protests over the North Carolina law:

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DURHAM, NC - MAY 10: The 'We Are Not This' slogan is posted at the entrances to Bull McCabes Irish Pub on May 10, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina. Debate over transgender bathroom access spreads nationwide as the U.S. Department of Justice countersues North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory from enforcing the provisions of House Bill 2 (HB2) that dictate what bathrooms transgender individuals can use. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)
Elaine Martin, right, listens as Chris Sgro, executive director of Equality NC, speaks during a press conference to announce filing of federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina's HB 2 law at the LGBT Center of Raleigh on Monday, March 28, 2016. Several different advocacy groups and some of the lead plaintiffs spoke at the event. (Chris Seward/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS via Getty Images)
Joaquin Carcano, center, the lead plaintiff in the case, speaks during a press conference to announce filing of federal lawsuit challenging North Carolina's HB 2 law at the LGBT Center of Raleigh on Monday, March 28, 2016. Several different advocacy groups and some of the lead plaintiffs spoke at the event. Joaquin was born a woman and is now a man. Simone Bell with Lambda Law is at left; Chris Brook with the ACLU is at right. (Chris Seward/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS via Getty Images)
TO GO AFP STORY BY BRIGITTE DUSSEAU - Transgender delegates Jamie Shier (L) and Janice Covington pose for photographs at the Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 4, 2012. The Democratic National Convention Committee announced Wednesday that US President Barack Obama would move his acceptance speech from the outdoor Bank of America Stadium to the indoor Time Warner Cable Arena due to predictions of thunderstorms. AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV (Photo credit should read BRIGITTE DUSSEAU/AFP/GettyImages)
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The anti-LGBT legislation passed in North Carolina and Mississippi have received widespread criticism from within the U.S.: Just after HB2 passed in March, North Carolina residents began tweeting out their opposition to the bill with the hashtag #WeAreNotThis. A slew of musicians, including Bruce Springsteen, Mumford & Sons, Ringo Starr, Ani DiFranco and Cyndi Lauper have taken a stand against the bill, either canceling their North Carolina shows or turning them into a protest.

Other states have also responded to the bills as well — several state governors have issued executive orders banning official travel to Mississippi — but the U.K.'s newest piece of "advice" for LGBT travelers to the U.S. is disheartening proof that what's going on in some U.S. states reflects on the country as a whole.

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