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Posted by: News_Desk on 06/28/2021 05:26 PM Updated by: News_Desk on 06/28/2021 05:31 PM
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Attorney General Bonta to Add Five States to Travel Restrictions List as a Result of Wave of New Anti-LGBTQ+ Legislation

San Francisco, CA... California Attorney General Rob Bonta today announced that California will restrict state-funded travel to Arkansas, Florida, Montana, North Dakota, and West Virginia as a result of new anti-LGBTQ+ legislation recently enacted in each state. 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. Many states pushing these new discriminatory laws are already on California’s travel restrictions list. The new restrictions on state-funded travel to the states announced today are prescribed by law in California pursuant to Assembly Bill 1887 (AB 1887), which was enacted in 2016.



“Assembly Bill 1887 is about aligning our dollars with our values,” said Attorney General Bonta. “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. It’s been 52 years to the day since the Stonewall Riots began, but that same fight remains all too alive and well in this country. 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.”

In creating AB 1887, the California Legislature determined that California must take action to avoid supporting or financing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans. To that end, the law restricts a state agency, department, board, or commission from authorizing state-funded travel to a state that, after June 26, 2015, has enacted a law authorizing, or repealing existing protections against, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Each applicable California agency is responsible for consulting the AB 1887 list created by the California Department of Justice to comply with the travel and funding restrictions imposed by the law. With the additions announced today, there will be a total of 17 states on California’s state-funded travel restrictions list.

Information regarding the reasons and timeline for each new state’s inclusion on the AB 1887 list is as follows:

Arkansas
Arkansas is being added to California’s state-funded travel restrictions list as a result of Senate Bill 354, Senate Bill 289, and House Bill 1570. The first two bills were signed into law by the Governor on March 25 and March 26, respectively. The third bill was passed after Arkansas’ General Assembly overrode the Governor’s veto on April 6. Senate Bill 354, among other things, prevents transgender women and girls from participating in school sports consistent with their gender identity. Senate Bill 289 allows medical providers to deny care to LGBTQ+ Americans. Lastly, House Bill 1570 is the first law in the nation to prohibit physicians from providing gender-affirming healthcare to transgender minors, regardless of the wishes of parents or whether a physician deems such care to be medically necessary. Given the effective date for the new laws, Arkansas, pursuant to AB 1887, will be added to California’s travel restrictions list on July 29, 2021.

Florida
Florida is being added to California’s state-funded travel restrictions list as a result of Senate Bill 1028. Signed into law on the first day of Pride Month, Senate Bill 1028 prevents transgender women and girls from participating in school sports consistent with their gender identity. Given the effective date for the new law, Florida, pursuant to AB 1887, will be added to California’s travel restrictions list on July 1, 2021.

Montana
Montana is being added to California’s state-funded travel restrictions list as a result of House Bill 112 and Senate Bill 215. Signed into law on May 7, House Bill 112 prevents transgender women and girls from participating in school sports consistent with their gender identity. Signed into law on April 22, Senate Bill 215 overrides existing state and local laws and policies that prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ+ Americans. It threatens to, among other effects, allow businesses to refuse a broad range of services to same-sex couples because of their sexual orientation alone. Given the effective date for the new laws, Montana, pursuant to AB 1887, will be added to California’s travel restrictions list on July 1, 2021.

North Dakota
North Dakota is being added to California’s state-funded travel restrictions list as a result of House Bill 1503. Signed into law on April 16, House Bill 1503, among other things, repeals existing protections at some North Dakota public universities by permitting certain publicly-funded student organizations to openly discriminate against LGBTQ+ students by restricting participation in those organizations. It also limits the ability of universities and colleges to sanction or discipline student-on-student harassment. Given the effective date for the new law, North Dakota, pursuant to AB 1887, will be added to California’s travel restrictions list on August 1, 2021.

West Virginia
West Virginia is being added to California’s state-funded travel restrictions list as a result of House Bill 3293. Signed into law on April 28, House Bill 3293 prevents transgender women and girls from participating in school sports consistent with their gender identity. Given the effective date for the new law, West Virginia, pursuant to AB 1887, will be added to California’s travel restrictions list on July 8, 2021.

For additional information on AB 1887, including the list of states subject to its provisions, visit: https://oag.ca.gov/ab1887.

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What a shame
Posted on: 2021-06-28 17:50:29   By: Anonymous
 
That those states care about denying their citizens inalienable rights as humans. And ... well, citizens.

Glad my tax money won't be going to their coffers.

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    Re: What a shame
    Posted on: 2021-06-28 18:50:02   By: Anonymous
     
    They can and should have the right to their life, liberty and pursuit of happiness as they see fit. Why the need to rub their life choices in everyone's faces all the time?

    Almost screams of an insecurity in the choices they have made.

    Just make you choice, live your life and live and let live. Why go out of your way to offend people? I just don't get it. You won, have a little grace in victory.

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      Re: What a shame
      Posted on: 2021-06-28 20:22:29   By: Anonymous
       
      Uh... if you're letting gay people "- their life choices in everyone's faces all the time?" you're probably doing 'straight' wrong.

      Seriously.. nobody is forcing you to be gay. Why you gotta be hating on them?


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        Re: What a shame
        Posted on: 2021-06-28 20:44:32   By: Anonymous
         
        What I meant is there is a lot more to life than who you sleep with. If your accomplishments in life are based on who you sleep you need to up your goals

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Do you remember
Posted on: 2021-06-28 17:51:34   By: Anonymous
 
...the time the GOP called a press conference at a landscaping company parking lot? Oh god. I almost forgot about that. Feels like a fantasy now.

What a strange group of people the MAGA FAGs are.

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    Re: Do you remember
    Posted on: 2021-06-28 18:23:31   By: Anonymous
     
    Lol, those are states that I want to live in!!

    [Reply ]

      Re: Do you remember
      Posted on: 2021-06-28 18:51:21   By: Anonymous
       
      I’ve heard enough the last two years to last a lifetime. Let those that never read a bible and those that matter more than normal people live their own life! Just leave others alone, some of have morals and ethics.

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        Re: Do you remember
        Posted on: 2021-06-28 20:27:19   By: Anonymous
         
        "...Let those that never read a bible "

        Oh dear. The 'talking snake" people are here and are unhappy about their false idol-centric values. Let's be careful not to mention the improbability of the virgin birth, or the guy who died, but woke up 3 days later. Or the idea that the bible allows a father to sell his daughter. Or any number of other stupid things that make Buddism look logical.

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      Re: Do you remember
      Posted on: 2021-06-28 20:28:04   By: Anonymous
       
      Great. That's what freedom of choice is all about. You do your thing. Just don't tell us how to do ours.

      [Reply ]

No Subject
Posted on: 2021-06-28 18:41:22   By: Anonymous
 
I think public schools should force all children from grade 2 to 7 to dress like/be trans. That we we can bring true insight into the values of being LBGQT+. Equality for all I say!!!

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2021-06-28 20:24:23   By: Anonymous
     
    You miss the point. The point is that children who WANT to dress non-gender-conforming should be allowed to. It's an American liberty thing. Like choosing to be Christian. Or Choosing to be a Vegetarian. Or choosing to be a republican. It's about choice.

    FORCING people to do something, as you suggest, is NOT an American value.

    [Reply ]

      Re:
      Posted on: 2021-06-28 21:29:31   By: Anonymous
       
      What about forcing people to get a vaccine in order to live "normally" ie keep a job, travel, etc. What is your feeling on that?

      [Reply ]

      Re:
      Posted on: 2021-06-29 03:50:23   By: Anonymous
       
      You have no problem with a seventeen year old boy in the shower with your daughter ? S I C K

      [Reply ]

        Re:
        Posted on: 2021-06-29 21:28:14   By: Anonymous
         
        I'd rather b e in the shower with that 17 year old boy!!

        [Reply ]

No Subject
Posted on: 2021-06-28 18:44:49   By: Anonymous
 
Let's replace George Washington with George Floyd on the dollar bill! We can start a movement, right now, to help end discrimination and racism by doing this. Let's spread the love!

[Reply ]

    Re:
    Posted on: 2021-06-28 18:59:30   By: Anonymous
     
    Somehow I think you need to actually read history instead of reading about what other people think about history.

    [Reply ]

      Re:
      Posted on: 2021-06-28 19:18:39   By: Anonymous
       
      B-BASTARD
      I-IDIOT
      D-DEMENTED
      E-EGOTISTICAL
      N-NERD

      [Reply ]

        Re:
        Posted on: 2021-06-28 20:25:01   By: Anonymous
         
        Oh - you're clever. What have you got for Trump? Do Trump Next!

        [Reply ]

          Re:
          Posted on: 2021-06-28 20:34:52   By: Anonymous
           
          We are talking about your Democrap ass hole President that you voted for. I hope you like that the United States is going down the sh*t hole.

          [Reply ]

          Re:
          Posted on: 2021-06-28 20:35:52   By: Anonymous
           
          TRUMP-THE BEST PRESIDENT THAT THE UNITED STATES EVER HAD!

          [Reply ]

No Subject
Posted on: 2021-06-28 21:20:45   By: Anonymous
 
I'm sure those states are grateful that California officials will not visit.

[Reply ]

No Subject
Posted on: 2021-06-28 21:52:03   By: Anonymous
 
Less than 2% of the US population gets this much freedom,to express their choices! Get lost, and if you come into a bathroom where my wife is going potty, I will shove your head up your ass!, how do you like that Q?

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No Subject
Posted on: 2021-06-29 08:18:41   By: Anonymous
 
How can a women compete with a man? men are 90% stronger I guess women should just stop playing sports they will never win anything again.

[Reply ]

    Re:
    Posted on: 2021-06-29 08:50:13   By: Anonymous
     
    Totally squashes all the advancements of the feminist movement. Men in their bathrooms. Men in their sports. Men taking their jobs. What a joke.

    [Reply ]

      Re:
      Posted on: 2021-06-29 21:30:14   By: Anonymous
       
      You forgot Men in their panties.

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