September 29, 2022

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L.A. County suspends all official travel to Florida, Texas over anti-LGBTQ legislation

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Los Angeles County officials have agreed to ban all formal vacation to Florida and Texas, over all those states’ lately enacted anti-LGBTQ policies.

The county’s Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted to support “affirming care and inclusion for LGBTQ+ youth and their families” by unanimously passing the vacation ban.

The movement, submitted by Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Hilda Solis, known as for the suspension of journey to those two states “for the carry out of county small business, that is what we pay back for, with taxpayer money” — except it is decided that “failure to authorize the travel would critically hurt the county’s pursuits.”

“Considering the rampant increase of despise crimes and some rather egregious conduct by jurisdictions across the place against LGBTQ+ youth and their families, this is not the time to be enacting much more laws created to inspire much more harassment and struggling,” Kuehl reported.

Demonstrators gather to speak on the steps of the Florida Historic Capitol Museum in front of the Florida State Capitol, Monday, March 7, 2022, in Tallahassee, Fla.

Demonstrators collect to discuss on the steps of the Florida Historic Capitol Museum in front of the Florida Condition Capitol, Monday, March 7, 2022, in Tallahassee, Fla.

Demonstrators obtain to discuss on the measures of the Florida Historic Capitol Museum in front of the Florida State Capitol, Monday, March 7, 2022, in Tallahassee, Fla. (Wilfredo Lee/)

The shift came in reaction to two much-publicized steps lately enacted by the GOP-led states.

In Florida, controversial legislation prohibiting discussion “about sexual orientation or gender identification in main quality amounts or in a method that is not age-proper or developmentally acceptable for students” in school rooms was signed into regulation by Gov. Ron DeSantis late last thirty day period.

The so-identified as “Don’t Say Gay” law is set to go into outcome on July 1, but its constitutionality is now becoming challenged in federal courtroom.

In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott just lately requested point out organizations to carry out a “prompt and thorough” investigation into gender-affirming treatment for transgender youth.

His directive arrived just days soon after the state’s legal professional general, Ken Paxton, issued an opinion stating that such “procedures and treatments” could lawfully represent “child abuse when carried out on minimal kids.”

“That buy in Texas is discriminatory, unsafe, and deliberately cruel,” Kuehl claimed.

“The legislation in Florida would perpetuate a tradition of bullying, secrecy, shame, and concern,” she extra.

“It’s just a position we take: We’re not going to invest cash to go to your states,” she stated. And the ban also “sends a concept that we will not aid this egregious habits.”

“We know that there is so a lot homophobia which is heading on correct now that we have to do additional,” Solis included. “I’m below to stand up and say all voices count.”

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