The level of LGBTQ-phobia throughout certain parts of the US makes them hostile and potentially dangerous places to travel for people of this community, suggests Joanne Spataro of The New York Times. Travelers are particularly vulnerable to finding themselves harassed or worse as they aren’t familiar with the local territory. Spataro reports of worrying incidents that she and others went through, involving menacing behavior towards LGBTQ people. Hate crimes against them have risen after a toxic election. The government needs to warn its citizens that they may be in danger in certain parts of the country.
Traveling in America as a LGBTQ person is not as dangerous as some left-wing people like to believe, asserts Chad Felix Greene of The Federalist, drawing on his own experience as a gay Jewish man. Spataro’s account in The New York Times involves stories that might have been exaggerated by personal projection. When certain individuals want to believe they are persecuted, they start to believe it. People in conservative or southern parts of the US are a lot more hospitable and less threatening than some liberals believe. While some issues exist, the vast majority of exchanges with LGBTQ people are friendly and without animosity.