Largest LGBTQ group in US warns about travel to Florida

The largest LGBTQ rights organization in the US joined other civil rights organizations Tuesday in issuing a travel advisory for Florida, warning that newly passed laws and policies may pose risks to minorities, immigrants and gay travelers.

The Human Rights Campaign joined the NAACP, the League of United Latin American Citizens, the Florida Immigrant Coalition and Equality Florida in issuing travel or relocation warnings for the Sunshine State, one of the most popular states for tourists to visit in the US

While the advocacy group said it wasn’t calling for a boycott or making a blanket recommendation against visiting Florida, it said it wanted to highlight new laws passed by the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature that it said were hostile to the LGBTQ community, restrict abortion access and allow Floridians to carry concealed weapons without a permit.

“Those who visit must join us in their vocal opposition to these dangerous policies,” Kelley Robinson, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said in a statement.

“Those who choose another place to work, to go to school or to spend their vacation should make it clear why they’re not heading to Florida.”

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NAACP warns African Americans, minority groups to avoid Florida

The NAACP says new laws and policies championed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is “openly hostile” to Black Americans, people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals. It has issued a travel advisory accusing the state of “trying to erase Black history and to restrict diversity, equity, and inclusion programs in Florida schools.”

Last weekend, the NAACP, the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, issued its advisory warning that recent laws and policies championed by Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida lawmakers are “openly hostile toward African Americans, people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals.”

More than 137.5 million tourists visited Florida last year, surpassing pre-pandemic levels, according to Visit Florida, the state’s tourism promotion agency.

Tourism supports 1.6 million full-time and part-time jobs, and visitors spent $98.8 billion in Florida in 2019, according to last year’s figures.

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