Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza is banning city-financed travel to North Carolina and Mississippi after those states approved laws limiting access to public services and protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
``The city of Providence is committed to fostering an inclusive environment for everyone who lives, travels, and works here,’’ said Elorza, in a statement. ``We stand in solidarity with residents in North Carolina and Mississippi who are being denied the same rights and protections that anyone should expect.’’
Elorza said that Providence has made it a priority to prevent discrimination and to speak out against the inequitable treatment of individuals based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
The travel ban bars an officer or city employee from using city funds for non-essential travel to North Carolina or Mississippi until those two states repeal the anti-LGBT laws, or courts dismiss the statutes.