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California bans state-funded travel to Idaho because of transgender laws

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Posted at 3:13 PM, Jun 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-22 17:13:30-04

California's Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced on Monday the state will restrict state-funded travel to Idaho because of two bills from this year's legislative session restricting a transgender girl's ability to play in girl's sports and restricting changes to gender on birth certificates.

“Where states legislate discrimination, California unambiguously speaks out,” said Attorney General Becerra in a release. “The State of Idaho has taken drastic steps to undermine the rights of the transgender community, preventing people from playing sports in school or having documentation that reflects their identity. Let’s not beat around the bush: these laws are plain and simple discrimination. That’s why Idaho joins the list of AB 1887 discriminating states.”

The restrictions will be for "state agencies, departments, boards, authorities, and commissions, including an agency, department, board, authority, or commission of the University of California, the Board of Regents of the University of California, and the California State University."

Idaho joins 11 other states on the list of restricted states: Alabama, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas.