California Attorney General Rob Bonta (D) was charged with officially communicating that Florida, along with four other states, were designated as off-limits for travel using state funds, citing its alleged anti-LGBTQ laws argument for the ban.
Bonta announced Monday that Florida and Arkansas, Montana, North Dakota, and West Virginia joined the list of banned destinations for travel funded by the state.
“When states discriminate against LGBTQ+ Americans, California law requires our office to take action,” Bonta said in an official statement.
Bonta’s office cited laws enacted in Arkansas, Florida, Montana and West Virginia that prohibit transgender women from participating in girls’ school sports, which was noted as sufficient grounds to eliminate all state funding for travel to those states.
North Dakota made the list because of a law that allows certain publicly funded student organizations to prevent LGBT students from joining.
The release also reported Arkansas laws allowing medical providers to deny care to LGBTQ individuals if they have a “conscientious objection” to doing so. Another law concerns a ban on gender reassignment treatments or surgery for transgender youth.
The new state travel bans will go into effect July 1, for Florida and Montana, July 8, for West Virginia, July 29, for Arkansas and Aug. 1, for North Dakota.
There are some exceptions to the Act, such as travel to fulfill contracts signed with the affected states prior to being added to the list.
Travel to out-of-state conferences or training or state-supported school trips are examples of those that will no longer be able to take place.
This form of discrimination is not new. The first travel ban list was created in 2016, including Alabama, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas.
Bonta’s speech uses the same narrative as leftist LGBT advocacy groups and groups promoting racial equality and fighting racism. They all have in common that they start from the Marxist theoretical basis of “class struggle,” wherein every social environment identifies an oppressed sector and an oppressor sector.
In this case, it would be the white American heterosexuals as the oppressors, and the blacks along with the LGBT community the oppressed, “who suffer the discrimination, exploitation and violence of the oppressors.”
Many white Americans have incorporated this worldview to understand today’s world. But, unfortunately, it has led them to promote a struggle against the traditional and foundational values of the United States. The result is a widening gap concerning conservative sectors who see tradition as the way forward to continue making the United States a great and successful nation.
In this sense, states incorporated in California’s “black list” are all governed by Republicans who, although they are not in favor of discrimination or hate, did not join the leftist claims that see the American white man as a compulsive racist discriminator against minorities. So they defend respecting tradition and hold that no new law or any right affects the existing freedoms and rights.
In this sense, while they accept the rights of transgender people to dress and feel as they wish, that does not mean that men who feel like women should be allowed to compete and disadvantage women in sports.