California’s anti-LGBTQ law bans travel to five state-funded states

California has banned travel to five more state-funded states because of laws that discriminate against the LGBTQ community, Attorney General Rob Bonta announced Monday, bringing the total number of banned states to 17. It was.

Important reason: The move begins with the introduction of transgender legislation by Republicans in at least 25 states. this year.

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State of play: According to Bonta, California employees are currently unable to pursue state-funded trips to Florida, North Dakota, Montana, West Virginia, and Arkansas.

  • Florida, Arkansas, Montana, and West Virginia This year, a law was passed prohibiting transgender women and girls from participating in school sports that confirm gender identity.

  • North Dakota has signed a law allowing some publicly funded student organizations to ban LGBTQ students from attending without results.

  • Arkansas too Passed the first law In the country, doctors are prohibited from providing gender-verifying medical care to transgender minors.

  • California bans include several exemptions, including enforcement of California law and travel related to contracts.

What they are saying: “Don’t make mistakes. We are in the midst of a wave of unprecedented prejudice and discrimination in this country — and California has no intention of supporting it,” Bonta said.

Big picture: In 2016, lawmakers first banned non-mandatory state officials from traveling to states with anti-LGBTQ legislation. AP report..

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

Dig deeper: Which states ban transgender youth in sports?

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