Los Angeles County Bans Official Travel to Florida and Texas Due to Anti-LGBT+ Policies

Los Angeles County voted this week to ban all official travel to Florida and Texas in response to anti-LGBT+ measures recently passed in the two states.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed the measure Tuesday suspending all official travel to the two states, with the sole exception that not attending a trip “would seriously harm the interests of the county.” Pasadena Star News reported

The two Republican-ruled states have recently published widely and adopted divisive policies targeting LGBT+ youth, giving Florida’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” measure enough attention to force the Disney CEO into the political crosshairs. .

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law the “Parental Rights in Education Act” on March 28, a piece of legislation that prohibits teachers and educators in Florida from discussing “sexual orientation or gender identity” in kindergarten through with third grade or “in a manner not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards” in other grades.

For Governor Greg Abbott, on Feb. 22, the Republican issued an order for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to investigate families with transgender children, with the specific direction to explore the use of medical treatments such as puberty blockers, hormone therapy and gender equality. confirmation surgery in minors.

However, Mr Abbott’s injunction was recently blocked by a judge who issued a nationwide injunction. It is now pending appeal by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has previously said the so-called “child sex reassignment lawsuits” amount to “child abuse.”

Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Hilda Solis, the Los Angeles County forerunners of the motion, wrote in defense of their county’s recently passed ban that Texas’s recently stalled order “contradicts everything we know about best practice if it is about supporting children and young adults to discover who they are and feel safe in their sense of self”, the Pasadena Star News reported.

“This order is discriminatory, harmful and downright cruel.”

Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” policy, they say, doesn’t score much better in the two regulators’ assessments, noting that the legislation allows it to “maintain a culture of bullying, secrecy, shame and fear.” to hold”.

“Schools should be spaces that foster open discussion, critical thinking, meaningful engagement and the safe exploration of ideas,” they wrote. “The implementation of this bill would create an atmosphere that stifles such culture and stifles learning itself.”

The county’s response to the new policies of the two states comes amid a year that saw more legislation targeting LGBT+ Americans coming soon. first few months of 2022 than in any other year

Only this weekAlabama state legislators have given final approval to a bill that would allow doctors to face up to 10 years in prison for prescribing puberty blocks, hormone therapy or performing gender-confirming surgery on transgender youth, who in the state are considered anyone under the age of 19.

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