August 30, 2023

Canada, citing the risk of potential harm, is advising LGBTQ travelers planning

Canada trip to the United States to be aware of how they may be affectec by laws recently passed in some states, Ottawa said on Tuesday, August 29, 2023. Anti-LGBTQ demonstrations in the United States last year skyrocketed 30 times compared to 2017 and legal measures to limit LGBTQ rights have also increased.
Canada’s Travel Warning for the United States now includes a warning message for those who consider themselves two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning or intersex – or 2SLGBTQI+ for short.“Several states have enacted laws and policies that may affect 2SLGBTQI+ people,” the advisory said. with like-minded partners from around the world to do so.

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland

when asked why the advice has update said the Canadian government was hiring experts “to closely watch the rest of the world and monitor whether there is a particular danger to certain groups in Canada.”
Speaking to reporters in Atlantic Canada, he added: “Every Canadian government… needs to put the interests and safety of every Canadian and every group of Canadians at the center of everything we do. That’s what we’re doing now.”

He declined to say whether any discussions had taken place with the Biden administration before making the changes. The overall risk profile in the United States remains at a green level, indicating normal safety precautions are require.

The United States is Canada’s top travel destination, and in June its residents returned from about 2.8 million trips south of the border. About 1 million people, 4% of Canada’s population aged 15 and over, are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or of some other sexual orientation than straight, according to official data released last year.

The largest LGBTQ advocacy organization in the United States, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), has declared a national emergency, citing growing legislation in the state capitol aimed at regulating the lives of queers.

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