Aug 29, 2023 - World

Canada warns travelers of U.S. LGBTQ+ laws

A view of an Air Canada plane at Calgary International Airport in 2018. Photo: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Canada is advising travelers to the U.S. to be wary of state laws affecting LGBTQ+ people.

Driving the news: "Some states have enacted laws and policies that may affect 2SLGBTQI+ persons," the advisory states, adding that travelers should check relevant state and local laws.

  • The caution, which is for people who identify as two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning or intersex, did not specify which states it was referring to.

The big picture: There has been an uptick in legislation targeting the LGBTQ+ community in the U.S. over the last several years, with 495 such bills introduced by lawmakers in 46 states this year alone, per the American Civil Liberties Union.

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