MP’s call over LGBT changes in US states

Fleetwood MP Cat Smith
Fleetwood MP Cat Smith

A Fylde Coast MP has called on the Government to take action over changes to the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in an American state.

Fleetwood MP Cat Smith, Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, wrote to the e Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his US counterpart on LGBT rights in North Carolina and Mississippi.

Controversial changes to the law in those particular states invalidates local anti-discrimination measures that protect gay and transgender people.

The new laws also requires people to use public toilets that correspond to the sex listed on their birth certificates, rather than with which they identify.

The move has brought protests and seen widespread condemnation from business leaders and concerts have been cancelled.

MP Hugo Swire, Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, told Ms Smith: “Our Consul General in Atlanta raised our concerns with the North Carolina Commerce Secretary on 19 April.

“We have amended our Travel Advice for the United States to reflect legislative changes on LGBT rights in North Carolina and Mississippi.

“This Government is opposed to all forms of discrimination.

“We are committed to ensuring that all LGBT people are free to live their lives in a safe and just environment.”