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Los Angeles County Bans Official Travel to Florida Because of the Don’t Say Gay Law

Los Angeles County has banned official travel to Florida because of the state’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law — but Sunshine State officials are calling the “wake” move California’s loss.

The LA County Board of Supervisors this week voted to bar employees from traveling to Florida unless it would “seriously harm the interests of the county.”

The action comes in response to a new Florida law that bans teaching sexual orientation and gender identity to children in kindergarten through third grade.

Critics say the measure is hostile to the LGBTQ community and have dubbed it the “Don’t Say Gay” law.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis argues that the legislation aims to protect children from age-inappropriate issues.

DeSantis spokeswoman Christina Pushaw tore up the travel ban on Thursday.

“The woke bureaucrats who run LA County are shooting themselves in the foot with their political swagger,” she said. “This misguided policy is a punishment for LA County employees – not Florida.”

Pushaw argued that her state’s tourism has recently boomed due to rising discontent in other parts of the country.

LGBTQ workers protest CEO Bob Chapek's handling of Florida staffing controversy "don't say gay" Invoice.
The LA County Board of Supervisors voted to bar employees from traveling to Florida because of its so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law.
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On her first day as chairperson, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, right, speaks with Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.
The application was sponsored by LA Supervisors Hilda Solis and Sheila Kuehl.
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Demonstrators make their way to St. Pete Pier in St. Petersburg, Florida on Saturday, March 12, 2022 during a protest march to protest the controversy "don't say gay" Invoice.
The LA County Board of Supervisors argued that Florida law will encourage abuse of LGBTQ students.
Martha Asencio-Rhine/Tampa Bay Times via AP

“Many of the tourists in Florida have been visiting from states with mandates and restrictions like California to enjoy the freedoms and normalcy that Florida has become known for under Governor DeSantis’ leadership,” she said. “These are things that everyone appreciates, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.”

The LA motion – sponsored by supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Hilda Solis – claims Florida legislation will encourage abuse of LGBTQ students.

“Schools should be physically separated to encourage open discussion, critical thinking, meaningful engagement and the safe exploration of ideas,” they wrote. “The implementation of this bill would create an atmosphere that stifles such a culture and stifles learning itself.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis shows the signing of the Parental Rights in Education, also known as the Don't Say Gay Bill.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the law into law on March 28, saying it aims to protect children from age-inappropriate topics.
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The board also banned official travel to Texas this week after the state controversially classified some transgender-related medical procedures on minors as child abuse.

This approach, the motion says, hampers children’s ability to “discover who they are and feel secure in their sense of self.”

“This arrangement is discriminatory, harmful and just plain cruel,” wrote Solis and Kuehl.

The travel bans to Florida and Texas do not apply to private individuals.

Walt Disney employees and protesters during a rally against the Florida "don't say gay" Invoice.
The Florida law has drawn backlash across the country and from big companies like Disney.
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