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Netherlands must issue US travel warnings like the UK, demand Dutch LGBTIs

Netherlands must issue US travel warnings like the UK, demand Dutch LGBTIs

Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands

Members of leading Dutch LGBTI groups have called for the Netherlands government to issue travel advice following the fallout over anti-gay laws in North Carolina and Mississippi.

The news follows warnings issued by the UK Foreign Office this week.

Tanja Ineke, the chairman of C.O.C. – believed by some to be the largest LGBTI organization in the world – is among the figures to call for renewed advice.

Meanwhile Corine van Dun of Transgender Network Netherlands has told Dutch newspaper Trouw: ‘For years we’ve been surprised that the Netherlands does not warn about areas where LGBT discrimination is rampant and even lawful.’

She added: ‘You want to warn travelers as well as possible. Some people follow the news, but not everyone. That is not do be underestimated.’

Musical acts including Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam have cancelled concerts in North Carolina in protest of the HB2, under which people must use bathrooms matching their birth certificates in schools and public buildings.

Meanwhile the HB 1523 law in Mississippi protects religious institutions should they decide to not recognize the legality of same-sex marriages or refuse to place children with qualified, deserving LGBTI families.

It also protects state employees if they refuse to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple and sanctions the use of ‘conversion therapy’ to ‘cure’ LGBTI people.