California has added Florida to a list of places where state-funded travel is banned, as California Attorney General Rob Bonta said the decision was made because of those states' "discriminatory" laws against people in the LGBTQ+ community.
"Rather than focusing on solving real issues, some politicians think it's in their best interest to demonize trans youth and block lifesaving care," Bonta said. "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."
Four other states include Arkansas, Montana, North Dakota, and West Virginia, bringing a total number of states in which travel is banned to 17, as those states introduced legislation targeting the transgender community.
The travel restrictions were put in place under a law passed in 2016 that banned most non-essential travel to states that actively discriminated against people based on their sexual preferences or gender identity.