California bans state business travel to North Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Kansas

In a move heralded as a bold show of support and solidarity with the LGBT+ community, California legislators have banned its employees from state funded travel to North Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee and Kansas. Assembly Bill 1887 was signed into law in September 2016 and went into effect with the turn of the new year.

The Bill states that “California must take action to avoid supporting or financing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people,” and is a response to the wave of “bathroom bills” that prohibit transgender people from using the restroom corresponding with their gender identity.

Other states have taken similar action in response to anti-LGBT+ legislation. In March 2016, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo banned all non-essential state-sanctioned travel to North Carolina, and subsequently did the same for Mississippi.

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