LGBT: Canada’s unusual travel alert for its LGBT citizens traveling to the United States

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Thousands of people attended the 2023 Toronto Pride Parade.

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Canada has issued an alert to its LGBT citizens planning to travel to the United States.

Anti-LGBT protests in the United States have multiplied by 30 in recent years compared to 2017, while legislative movements to restrict the group’s rights are on the rise.

The Canadian Foreign Ministry warned against this Some state laws may affect their citizens when traveling to a neighboring stateAlthough he did not specify which one.

These types of warnings issued by the Canadian government are usually reserved for countries like Uganda, Russia, or Egypt.

Laws affecting LGBT people

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Some US states prohibit children from attending drag shows.

“Some states have laws and policies that may affect 2SLGBTQI+ people. Check relevant local laws and policies,” the Travel Warnings page can be found at Global Affairs Canada.

2SLGBTQI+ is the term widely used in Canada for people who identify as two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, genderqueer, intersex, or any other gender identity not listed here.

A State Department spokesman indicated that there are laws in the United States directed against the transgender community.

“Since the beginning of 2023, some US states have passed laws prohibiting acts pull and restricting the transgender community’s access to gender-affirming care and participation in sporting events,” he told Canadian General News Network CBC News.

Republican states

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Republican candidate and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has approved laws that have received heavy criticism from LGBT communities.

After a few months, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed ordinances prohibiting children from undergoing gender transition treatments or attending social events. pullIt also imposed restrictions on the use of pronouns in the classroom.

Hundreds of similar regulations on LGBT issues have been proposed in Republican-led states in the United States.

The Human Rights Campaign, the largest support group for the LGBT community in the United States, said in June that the group was facing an emergency situation in that country as states continued to pass laws directed against them.

When asked why the travel recommendations were updated, Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland told the News that the government has appointed experts “to carefully look around the world and monitor places where there are particular risks to groups specific to Canadians.”

But Freeland He declined to comment when asked whether the US government had been consulted before updating the warning..

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