California Bans Travel To Wyoming? Wait… WHAT?
When you hear that California has banned travel to Wyoming, that DOES NOT mean that people from California can't go to Wyoming.
It's more of a political move.
California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced the state would restrict state-funded travel to Missouri, Nebraska, and Wyoming.
So anyone doing state business can't use California taxpayer money to travel to Wyoming.
This is in response to the passage of what the California Attorney calls “anti-LGBTQ” legislation in these states.
California has a law (AB 1887, a 2016) that banns state-funded travel to any state determined by the California Department of Justice to in any way discriminate against the LGBTQ community.
Wyoming is not alone. There is a growing list that will soon reach 26 states.
Missouri's sin is a bill that withholds education funding for schools that allow male-to-female transgender individuals to participate in female sports teams.
Nebraska sin is a law according to the California attorney, that “makes it a departure from the medical standard of care to provide gender-affirming care for someone who is 19 years old or younger except subject to rigorous criteria in regulations to be developed by the [Nebraska’s] Chief Medical Officer.”
For Wyoming, the bill SF 133, bans public K-12 schools, and private schools competing against public schools from allowing male-to-female transgender students to participate in female sports teams.
“By preventing transgender individuals from participating in sports aligned with their gender identity, or by denying them access to critical healthcare, these legislative actions directly contradict the values of inclusivity and diversity,” Bonta said. “As mandated by AB 1887, we are, thus, compelled to impose restrictions on state-funded travel to Missouri, Nebraska, and Wyoming in response to their discriminatory laws targeting the LGBTQ+ community.”
So what does this really mean for states like Wyoming?
This "ban" will have zero effect on the states doing business with each other.
Democrats in California's House and Senate are working to reverse the Attorney's ban.