San Diego (CNS)-A 13-year-old transgender student from San Diego expressed his views with lawmakers on Monday State-sponsored travel ban Arkansas, Florida, Montana, North Dakota, and West Virginia have recently enacted anti-LGBTQ+ legislation in each state.
Ryland Whittington joined the California Attorney Rob Bonta and state legislators at a press conference in San Francisco, announcing new travel restrictions. According to the 1887 Congress Act, these five states were compared with a dozen other states. Both funding and sponsored travel ban restrictions have increased together.
Leyland called himself a “typical teenager”, he said: “Transgender is only a small part of me. This does not prevent me from becoming a strong teammate or a good friend. Thankfully, I have never been told that I cannot participate in sports. I’ve never been denied medical care because of who I am. I know I’m lucky to live in California.”
Ryland was on the podium during the announcement and addressed legislators in states subject to the travel ban.
“To all leaders across the country who attack trans children like me: We just want the same rights as everyone else,” Leyland said. “Please give all children a chance to be happy, healthy, and live a free and peaceful life. Thank you.”
The State Attorney General’s Office stated that the bills that were recently signed into law in five states “are part of new discriminatory bills recently signed into law in all states across the country. These bills directly prohibit trans youth from participating in sports, preventing access to life-saving care or Other ways to restrict the rights of LGBTQ+ community members.”
Recent bills signed in Arkansas, Florida, Montana, and West Virginia prohibit transgender women and girls from participating in school sports that match their gender identity, while North Dakota’s bill allows public universities and high school student organizations to ban LGBTQ The students turned away. Their organization will not lose financial support.
Arkansas has also passed a bill prohibiting gender-affirming treatment for transgender youth and allowing healthcare providers to refuse treatment based on religious, moral or ethical obligations.
“When states discriminate against LGBTQ+ Americans, California law requires our office to take action,” Bonita said. “These new additions to the state-sponsored travel restriction list are exactly the same.”
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