(CTN NEWS) – Canada has issued a cautionary message to LGBTQ travelers planning visits to the United States, highlighting the potential for discrimination and harassment due to recent state laws targeting LGBTQ individuals.
In an updated advisory released on Tuesday, the Canadian government advised LGBTQ Canadians to review the laws of specific states before traveling, as certain places have implemented regulations that might impact 2SLGBTQI+ individuals.
The advisory refrains from specifying particular states to avoid and maintains that the overall risk associated with travel to the U.S. remains at its lowest level. It recommends that visitors adopt precautions akin to those taken within Canada when journeying to the United States.
This advisory arrives amidst a year marked by notable anti-LGBTQ legislation across various U.S. states.
The American Civil Liberties Union reports that lawmakers in 46 states have introduced nearly 500 bills, with over 83 of them being enacted into law—more than double the previous year’s count.
Impactful Advisories and Concerns: LGBTQ Rights and Travel Safety
In April, the LGBTQ advocacy group Equality Florida, based in St. Petersburg, issued its own travel warning, alerting both domestic and international travelers to potential risks in Florida due to new laws targeting LGBTQ individuals, as well as imposing restrictions on reproductive health care and relaxing firearm regulations.
The Human Rights Campaign, the largest civil rights organization for LGBTQ rights in the U.S., similarly advised against travel to Florida in the subsequent month.
Moreover, in June, it declared a national state of emergency for LGBTQ individuals within the U.S., attributing this to the passage of laws across multiple states, primarily affecting transgender youths.
Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland emphasized that the updated travel advisory is not driven by political motivations but rather seeks to ensure the safety of Canadian citizens abroad.
Freeland underscored the professionalism of the advisory process, highlighting the dedicated government professionals who monitor global situations and potential risks to various groups of Canadian travelers.
In conclusion, Canada has issued a cautionary advisory for travelers intending to visit the United States, alerting them to the potential discrimination and harassment they might encounter due to recent state-level laws targeting LGBTindividuals.
The advisory, released recently, urges Canadians to familiarize themselves with the legal landscape of specific states before embarking on their travels, as certain areas have implemented regulations that could impact the rights of 2SLGBTQI+ individuals.
While the advisory refrains from specifying particular states to avoid, it maintains that the overall risk associated with travel to the U.S. remains at its lowest level.
It advises travelers to exercise precautions similar to those practiced within Canada when journeying to the United States.
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