The state’s leader has made an announcement in which he spoke about his plans to attract more tourists to Virginia, in part LGBT tourists. Such plans appeared in the governor’s mind when North Carolina passed anti-trans HB2 bill into law and legally allowed to discriminate LGBT people if religious rules dictate to do so. LGBT people and their supporters turned away from North Carolina, which made its neighbor Virginia hope that LGBT tourists will focus their attention on it instead.
Virginia’s Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe this week released a video urging LGBT tourists to come to his state. The Governor said: “Virginia is proud to be an open and welcoming destination for every visitor attracted by our scenic mountains and beaches, as well as our world-renowned restaurants, wineries and breweries. I am pleased the Virginia Tourism Corporation has created this landing page to connect travellers with inclusive, LGBT-friendly establishments across the Commonwealth. Virginia is truly for lovers, and we hope you have an unforgettable experience visiting the greatest state in the greatest nation on Earth!”