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California adds five states to state-funded travel ban over LGBTQ+ laws

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  • California Attorney General Rob Bonta (D) announced Florida, Arkansas, Montana, North Dakota and West Virginia were added to the list that now consists of 17 states.
  • Bonta’s office said the newly added states have passed bills that prevent transgender women and girls from participating in school sports consistent with their gender identity, block access to health care or otherwise limit the rights of members of the LGBTQ+ community.
  • “When states discriminate against LGBTQ+ Americans, California law requires our office to take action. These new additions to the state-funded travel restrictions list are about exactly that,” Bonta said in a statement.

California on Monday added several new states to a list of places where state-funded travel is restricted due to recently enacted laws it alleges discriminate against the LGBTQ+ community. 

California Attorney General Rob Bonta (D) announced Florida, Arkansas, Montana, North Dakota and West Virginia were added to the list that now consists of 17 states. The designation means state employee travel is prohibited except under limited circumstances. 

Bonta’s office said the newly added states have passed bills that prevent transgender women and girls from participating in school sports consistent with their gender identity, block access to health care or otherwise limit the rights of members of the LGBTQ+ community. 

“When states discriminate against LGBTQ+ Americans, California law requires our office to take action. These new additions to the state-funded travel restrictions list are about exactly that,” Bonta said in a statement.


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“Rather than focusing on solving real issues, some politicians think it’s in their best interest to demonize trans youth and block life-saving care. Make no mistake: We’re in the midst of an unprecedented wave of bigotry and discrimination in this country — and the State of California is not going to support it,” he said. 

The 12 other states on the list include Texas, Alabama, Idaho, Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. 

California legislators passed the law calling for such restrictions in 2016 in response to laws the state considered discriminatory to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. 


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