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Florida travel warning issued by civil rights groups in wake of ‘hostile’ laws

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gay travellers.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.Florida is one of the most popular states for tourists to visit in the US.

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

Last year's figures show that tourism supports 1.6 million full-time and part-time jobs, and visitors spent $98.8 billion (€98.1 billion) in Florida in 2019.The Human Rights Campaign said it wasn't calling for a boycott or making a blanket recommendation against visiting Florida.Instead, it said it wanted to highlight new laws passed by the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature.

The group says the legislature is hostile to the LGBTQ+ community, restricts abortion access and allows 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 pick another place to work, to go to school or to spend their vacation should make clear why they’re not heading to Florida.”In April, Equality Florida also warned LGBTQ+ people about visiting the state, saying in a press release that it has taken the "extraordinary step" of issuing a travel advisory.It advises people of the "risks posed to the health, safety, and freedom of those considering short or long term travel, or relocation to the state".Last weekend, the NAACP, the nation’s oldest civil rights organisation, also issued an advisory warning that recent laws and policies.

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