California banned state-sponsored travel to five additional states on Monday, due to recent “discriminatory” LGBTQ legislation.
Arkansas, Florida, Montana, North Dakota and West Virginia joined the ranks of 12 more states that have been blacklisted by California for passing laws that prevent medical professionals from performing gender intervention on minors and defend fair competition in girls’ and womens’ sports.
“The states are a part of a recent, dangerous wave of discriminatory new bills signed into law in states across the country that directly work to ban transgender youth from playing sports, block access to life-saving care, or otherwise limit the rights of members of the LGBTQ community,” California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced.
State-funded travel will be prohibited as of July 1, pursuant to 2016’s AB 1887, which determined that “California must take action to avoid supporting or financing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.”
“Assembly Bill 1887 is about aligning our dollars with our values,” Bonita remarked. “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.”
The full list also includes Alabama, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas.
“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,” Bonta continued. “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.