Orlando, Fla. – America’s largest LGBTQ+ rights organization joined other civil rights organizations on Tuesday in issuing a travel advisory for Florida, warning that recently passed laws and policies could harm minorities, immigrants and gay travelers. may pose a risk.
The Human Rights Campaign joined with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the League of United Latin American Citizens, the Florida Immigrant Coalition, and Equality Florida in issuing travel or relocation advisories for the Sunshine State. Tourism in the country.
While the LGBTQ+ advocacy group said it was not calling for a boycott or making a blanket recommendation against moving to Florida, it wanted to highlight new laws passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature that are hostile to the community. Were. Abortion and allowing Floridians to carry a concealed weapon without a permit.
“Those who visit us should join us in open opposition to these dangerous policies,” Kelly Robinson, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said in a statement. “People who choose to relocate to work, attend school or take a vacation should explain why they are not moving to Florida.”
Last weekend, the NAACP, the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, issued its own warning that the recent policies of Gov. Ron DeSantis and state legislators are “openly hostile to African-Americans, people of color, and LGBTQ+ people.”
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- and part-time jobs, and visitors spent $98.8 million in Florida in 2019, according to last year’s data.
The travel advisory issued by the organization NAACP alleges that Florida is a hostile place for minorities.