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California has announced a ban on state-funded travel to Ohio due to the state’s anti-LGBTQ+ policies.

The news was announced on Sunday (26 September) by a press release from California Attorney General Rob Bonta. 

“Blocking access to life-saving care is wrong. Period,” he said.

“Whether it’s denying a prescription for medication that prevents the spread of HIV, refusing to provide gender-affirming care, or undermining a woman’s right to choose, HB 110 unnecessarily puts the health of Americans at risk.”

He went on to say that the ban is in line with Assembly Bill 1887, which was first introduced in 2016 to battle out-of-state anti-LGBTQ+ policies.

“When states discriminate against LGBTQ+ Americans, the California Department of Justice must act,” he said.

“That’s why — in line with the law — we’re adding Ohio to California’s state-funded travel restrictions list.”

Back in June, a clause was passed in Ohio’s state budget that allowed medical professionals to refuse treatment due to their religious beliefs or personal morals. 

The legislation ended up being signed into law a month later by Gov. Mike DeWine.

This sparked pushback from LGBTQ+ activists who expressed concern about queer individuals not getting proper care.

Evan Low – who serves as the chair of the California legislative LGBTQ Caucus – also released a statement regarding the importance of the restriction.

“Ohio’s decision to condone attacks on the health of its nearly 400,000 LGBTQ+ residents was widely opposed by the state’s medical community. It’s plain that this law only serves to discriminate,” he said.

“We will never put Californians at risk of falling victim to the same toxic standard by supporting the use of taxpayer dollars for travel in places where anti-LGBTQ discrimination is the law of the land.”

The travel restriction is set to take place on 30 September, which will make Ohio the 18th state that California implemented a travel ban on. 

Arkansas, Florida, Montana, North Dakota, West Virginia, Alabama, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas are also included in the travel restricted list. 

 

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skaxboy

I know people think these sort of bans are silly but it brings focus to the real issue of bigotry. I’ve heard ppl say “well what if there’s a conference that can help them with their personal development and improves their performance.” I love hypothetical zingers as much as the next person, but I care about same sex couples more. 

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California really said... Obyeo :poot:

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I'll see myself out

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Esteban

Im not american so I just read some articles about it. 

"Ohio the 18th state to wich California will no longer allow state fund travel"  18/50..? It seems its more California cuting itself from other states in USA than the contrary... Its not that good imo, even if Cali have money, thats not everything. 

Aaron Baer (a bad guy form Ohio) talking about Cali's decision:  "The less of their radical progressive ideology that comes into our state, the better !" 

I fear, progressive America forgot once again they are not all USA and should discuss instead of condamn. Stay opened, not closed, because its letting bad people ideology progress and become stronger into this states. 

California is a microcosm, like NY and Trump won because of their condescension. Dont forget and underestimate the rotten heart of America because it doesn't forget you.. :gum:

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16 minutes ago, Esteban said:

"Ohio the 18th state to wich California will no longer allow state fund travel"  18/50..? It seems its more California cuting itself from other states in USA than the contrary... Its not that good imo, even if Cali have money, thats not everything. 

I mean, in the USA having money is most important above anything. 

California is the biggest state economy of the USA, it accounts for more than 14% of the entire economy of the United States alone. Banning state-funded travel (aka not allowing government workers to travel there for work, not allowing doctors, scientists etc. to travel there for further training) is aiming to hurt the economy and make those particular states that employed ANTI-LGBTQ+ laws unattractive for businesses to settle down. Many of these businesses are reliant on the Californian workforce, and they know that discussing on the grounds of morality and being a good person is not an effective way to usher in change. People don't change unless they recognize their own actions threaten their own prosperity. 

The only problem is that California is the only state in the USA that applies sanctions to other states like that, and that 2 of the biggest economies in the USA are states that discriminate against LGBTQ+ people (Texas & Florida) and will continue to push hatred and make economical connections with other states that push hatred. The economic sanctions would be a lot more effective if economically strong states like New York, New Jersey and Illinois actually joined them. 

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1 hour ago, Supersonic said:

I mean, in the USA having money is most important above anything. 

California is the biggest state economy of the USA, it accounts for more than 14% of the entire economy of the United States alone. Banning state-funded travel (aka not allowing government workers to travel there for work, not allowing doctors, scientists etc. to travel there for further training) is aiming to hurt the economy and make those particular states that employed ANTI-LGBTQ+ laws unattractive for businesses to settle down. Many of these businesses are reliant on the Californian workforce, and they know that discussing on the grounds of morality and being a good person is not an effective way to usher in change. People don't change unless they recognize their own actions threaten their own prosperity. 

The only problem is that California is the only state in the USA that applies sanctions to other states like that, and that 2 of the biggest economies in the USA are states that discriminate against LGBTQ+ people (Texas & Florida) and will continue to push hatred and make economical connections with other states that push hatred. The economic sanctions would be a lot more effective if economically strong states like New York, New Jersey and Illinois actually joined them. 

Sanctioning a state is sanctioning every people in it. That's wrong to think money is above anything, because while money comes and goes, states ideologies stay and hate will grow and will become stronger as if it's their only remaining identity.

Majority of people go where the wind goes, they aren't good or bad, just uneducated and they can change their mind easily. For example they decide for who to vote at the last minute. These people ARE the people no matter what we think. We have to focus on them, the mass, the lost sheeps.

Punish them and sanctioning them economically in the name of progressism and because of decisions of their leadership is a bad idea. Short-circuiting them economically is short-termism, resentment and division will only be stronger... We have to work deeply with this people for a long term efficiency. 

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7 minutes ago, Esteban said:

Sanctioning a state is sanctioning every people in it. That's wrong to think money is above anything, because while money comes and goes, ideologies stay and hate will grow and will become stronger. 
Majority of people go where the wind go, they aren't good or bad, just uneducated and they can change their mind easily. For example they decide for who to vote at the last minute. This people ARE the people. We have to focus on them", the mass, the lost sheeps.

Punish them and sanctioning them economically in the name of progressism and because of decisions of their leadership is a bad idea. Short-circuiting them economically is short-termism, resentment and division will only be stronger... We have to work deeply with this people for a long term efficiency. 

And what's the alternative? Sending Californian missionairies to convince them of the good-natured transgender lifestyle? Sending the Californian inquisition that will imprison bumpkin Republicans? :deadbanana: Do nothing at all, or even condone the mistreatment of LGBTQ+ people? 

On such a grand scale, talking is useless. Pressuring a government and obstructing their work, which might negatively affect the prosperity of the general population, is the only way to actually change things from the perspective of somebody who is not a resident of that particular state. Because that might make the general population reflect on which politicians they are putting into office. If hugely powerful states start to boycott, change will be forced sooner or later. 

Prime example is the "LGBT-free zones" in Poland, and how the EU has boycotted and sanctioned those regions: Business revenue got lost, tourism suffered, education suffered, the general population started to suffer consequences for the people they put into office. And within 2 years of sanctions, the last Polish "LGBT free" zone rescinded their claims and apologized. 

You're really underestimating the symbolic worth of money and prosperity in capitalist countries.  If you do any sort of political campaigning in the USA, you'll notice that what people are most interested in is accumulating wealth and guaranteeing prosperity. Not building bridges, improving infrastructure, equality for marginalized communities, building a supportive community, economic change or environmentalism. And they're afraid of the Big Communist Gays and Transgenders taking away all their hard-earned money for Big Government welfare programs to replace all female sports teams with transgender-only sports leagues. They're afraid of white cis people being treated as awfully as marginalized communities are by them. These fears that the Republicans perpetuate and actually gain footing are in no way rational, logical or even remotely tied to reality, but they get cited as popular discussion points by the general public as if they were about to be imminent from happening.

Sure, it's unfair to the people who don't share these ideologies in those particular states and are actually campaigning against turning into a Christian Sharia state... but life is not fair. Especially for marginalized communities that live in the state and won't be affected by those sanctions that much anyway because of economic inequality.

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1 hour ago, Dennis said:

What about state-funded travel to Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Morocco etc etc?

I doubt these are happening either way and on top I doubt this is within the powers of the State of California. Seems to be under federal responsibility, aka the Secretary of the United States and Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

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5 hours ago, Supersonic said:

And what's the alternative? Sending Californian missionairies to convince them of the good-natured transgender lifestyle? Sending the Californian inquisition that will imprison bumpkin Republicans? :deadbanana: Do nothing at all, or even condone the mistreatment of LGBTQ+ people? 

On such a grand scale, talking is useless. Pressuring a government and obstructing their work, which might negatively affect the prosperity of the general population, is the only way to actually change things from the perspective of somebody who is not a resident of that particular state. Because that might make the general population reflect on which politicians they are putting into office. If hugely powerful states start to boycott, change will be forced sooner or later. 

Prime example is the "LGBT-free zones" in Poland, and how the EU has boycotted and sanctioned those regions: Business revenue got lost, tourism suffered, education suffered, the general population started to suffer consequences for the people they put into office. And within 2 years of sanctions, the last Polish "LGBT free" zone rescinded their claims and apologized. 

You're really underestimating the symbolic worth of money and prosperity in capitalist countries.  If you do any sort of political campaigning in the USA, you'll notice that what people are most interested in is accumulating wealth and guaranteeing prosperity. Not building bridges, improving infrastructure, equality for marginalized communities, building a supportive community, economic change or environmentalism. And they're afraid of the Big Communist Gays and Transgenders taking away all their hard-earned money for Big Government welfare programs to replace all female sports teams with transgender-only sports leagues. They're afraid of white cis people being treated as awfully as marginalized communities are by them. These fears that the Republicans perpetuate and actually gain footing are in no way rational, logical or even remotely tied to reality, but they get cited as popular discussion points by the general public as if they were about to be imminent from happening.

Sure, it's unfair to the people who don't share these ideologies in those particular states and are actually campaigning against turning into a Christian Sharia state... but life is not fair. Especially for marginalized communities that live in the state and won't be affected by those sanctions that much anyway because of economic inequality.

We have similar goals but we aren't on the same path. Thinking we have to act with capitalist weapons is the reason we can't see further

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4 hours ago, Dennis said:

What about state-funded travel to Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Morocco etc etc?

You know that America is the most LGBTQ+ friendly…Event most of Europe is homophobic,Asia too,so that means banning state-funded travel to 90% of the world 

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