The LA District Board of Trustees has voted to suspend all official travel to Florida, Texas


Earlier this week, the Los Angeles County Board of Trustees unanimously voted to suspend all official travel to Florida and Texas due to national restrictive LGBT policies.

Tuesday’s vote could trace the council’s decision to California’s actions as early as 2017. In that year, state legislation banned irrelevant state-funded travel to several states, including Texas, due to new restrictive LGBT laws. Texas was included in a new state law that allowed adoption and foster care agencies to deny placement to same-sex parents on religious grounds. Texas subsequently sued and failed to end the ban in 2020. The following year, the transition from FROM 1887, a new California law that mandates the state to ban travel to the state because it discriminates “on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression, has introduced additional bans, including in Florida.” Florida has been specially added because it has passed a law that prevents transgender girls who are biological men from playing in girls’ teams.

As California has approved bans in dozens of states and amassed years of precedent for LGBT discrimination, the LA district followed suit on Tuesday. Florida was chosen primarily because of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the bill last month what the media calls the “Don’t Be Gay” bill. The law, officially known as the Parental Rights in Education Act, currently states that “classrooms of school staff or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not take place in kindergarten until the 3rd grade or in a manner that is not appropriate age or development. . “

The new law specifically angered Disney employees and Disney Corporation, with Governor Gavin News urging all employees to return to California, many Florida workers leaving to protest the law, and Governor DeSantis threatening action against Disney in retaliation.

Meanwhile, Texas has also been added to ban LA County through and February order signed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who heads the Texas Department of Family and Conservation Services, to investigate parents of transgender teenagers for child abuse for gender-sensitive care. Like the Florida bill, the move sparked a wave of outrage among the LGBT community and supporters, with both states experiencing outages and massive protests.

“Many of us have asked to move back to California. And I mean many of us, “an anonymous Disney employee in Florida told Globe on Thursday. “California is expensive and has a bad business climate, but at least they don’t pull things out or discriminate. I already talk to real estate agents at SoCal. When everything is bad in California, it should tell you how bad the current climate in Florida is. ”

LA County travel ban to Texas, Florida

During Tuesday’s LA District Board meeting, supervisors noted that travel would only apply to district businesses that pay with taxpayers’ money, unless it is determined that such travel would harm the district’s interests. The travel ban can also be lifted, but only if any of the new laws in Texas and Florida are suspended.

LA District Head Hilda Solis. (Evan Symon for California Globe)

“As we have done in the past, when states have enacted some terrible laws that go against everything we have done in LA County and California, this proposal calls for a travel ban on all trips to those states,” said LA County Supervisor Sheila . Kuehl. “We will not spend our money on trips to your states, and it sends a message that we will not support this shameful behavior. Given the uncontrollable increase in hate crime and some rather shameful behavior by jurisdictions across the country against LGBTQ + youth and their families, there is no time to enact further legislation to encourage further harassment and suffering.

Supervisor Hilda Solis added: “I also come from a family that has parents whose children are LGBTQs, and I know what it was like for them to raise their children and even talk to our own larger family and how important it is to support each of them. others, and especially these young people, who are trying their best to live. “

“Florida law will maintain a culture of bullying, secrecy, shame and fear. Schools should be spaces that promote open discussion, critical thinking, meaningful engagement and safe exploration of ideas. The implementation of this law would create an atmosphere that stifles such a culture and hinders learning itself. The Texas Order runs counter to everything we know about best practices in encouraging children and young adults to discover who they are and to feel safe. This order is discriminatory, harmful and simply cruel. “

The new travel ban, which was approved unanimously, may be extended to other countries in the future, including Ohio, which is currently considering the adoption of a similar version of the recently passed law in Florida.

“Bill laws in Florida and Texas, now I guess the laws, only wanted to prevent sex education from teaching people in the lower grades and to increase the number of cases dealing with child abuse,” explained Paul Cole, a lawyer who assisted with local cases. against LGBT laws in three states that hit the Globe on Thursday. “However, they can also be read by going through the LGBTQ community and restricting their rights.

“Travel bans don’t really do much. Maybe some people can’t attend a conference or something. It’s not that big at this age of remote encounters. Rather, it is used as a symbolic gesture, and LA County guards have given a clear indication of where they stand this week. ”

It is currently unknown whether some other counties in California will follow the example of LA on travel bans.

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