It appears the anti-LGBT laws in North Carolina and Mississippi may cost these states a great deal. The UK Foreign Office has posted on its website a warning for LGBT travelers about the risks of traveling to the southern US states. This caution comes under the heading “local laws and customs.”
“The U.S. is an extremely diverse society and attitudes towards LGBT people differ hugely across the country,” it says. “LGBT travelers may be affected by legislation passed recently in the states of North Carolina and Mississippi.”
North Carolina’s businesses are hurting ever since the state’s discriminatory law went into effect. Many celebrities have cancelled concerts there, such as Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, Pearl Jam, and Billy Ray Cyrus. According to the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, the city of Raleigh itself has lost $3 million as a result of cancellations.
Mississippi’s state law allows business to deny the LGBT community services. Ty Cobb, director of Human Rights Campaign Global 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 nation’s reputation, and the perceived safety of LGBT people who travel here.”
It is our hope that people in the states, the UK, and elsewhere will continue to oppose these discriminatory state laws and will not do business with, travel to, or support in any other way the states that enact and embrace anti-LGBT legislation.