'Woke' LA County bans travel to FL over 'Don't Say Gay' bill, Internet hails great news FOR FLORIDA!

Florida and social media troll LA board over decision to ban official travel, DeSantis' spokeswoman calls it 'a punishment for LA County employees'


                            'Woke' LA County bans travel to FL over 'Don't Say Gay' bill, Internet hails great news FOR FLORIDA!
Revelers celebrate on 7th Avenue during the Tampa Pride Parade in the Ybor City neighborhood on March 26, 2022, in Tampa, Florida (Octavio Jones/Getty Images)
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The intense war against Florida's 'Don't Say Gay' bill continued on April 6, 2022, after a shocking decision by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. In a stunning decision, the board voted to ban all official travel to Florida as a rebuke to the law, but it doesn't appear to have bothered the sunshine state. Governor Ron DeSantis' spokeswoman hit back with a sharp retort, that social media then took up to troll the LA board for its decision.

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Before LA County, Disney was at the center of the fight against the bill, following initial silence by CEO Bob Chapek. Following widespread employee and public backlash, Chapek committed to battling the bill, a controversial decision that has now put the company on a collision course with the state. Even Disney heiress Abigail Disney weighed in, calling the bill "Culture war nonsense" in a rant on Twitter. 

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For weeks now, all eyes were on Disney, as it became the symbol of the "woke" left's response to Florida. However, that crown was stolen by the LA County board, which decided to impose the ban only for official travel by state employees.

Disney employee Nicholas Maldonado holds a sign while protesting outside of Walt Disney World on March 22, 2022, in Orlando, Florida. (Octavio Jones/Getty Images)

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LA County 'shooting themselves in the foot'

On April 5, 2022, the board voted to halt all official business in Florida, and Texas unless it would “seriously harm the county’s interests.” While Florida was targeted for its 'Don't Say Gay' bill, Texas was banned because the state's AG recently called some transition medical procedures "child abuse". "We’re not gonna spend our money going to your states and it sends a message that we won’t support this egregious behavior," said Sheila Kuehl, one of the members of the board.

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Board members claimed the Texas and Florida decisions are "designed to encourage harassment and suffering" for LGBTQ children, and "create an atmosphere that stifles such a culture and stifles learning itself." It's unclear how many official trips LA county officials take to the two states, so it is unclear if the decision will have an actual effect, or whether it is largely symbolic.

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In response, DeSantis' spokeswoman Christina Pushaw slammed, "The woke bureaucrats running LA County are shooting themselves in the foot with their political grandstanding. This misguided policy is a punishment for LA County employees – not for Florida." She then added, "Many of the tourists in Florida have visited us from states with mandates and restrictions, like California, to enjoy the freedoms and normalcy that Florida has become renowned for," making a subtle dig at mask and vaccine mandates. 

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'Congrats to Florida and Texas'

The battle then spilled online. "LA County bans official travel to Texas, Florida over LGBTQ+ policies Good. We don’t want you," one person tweeted. Another Republican said, "LOL --If Texas and Florida were stocks, they would get an after-hours bump from this news." A third mocked, "HAHAHA, nice virtue signal. No one in TX or FL will miss these LA County losers."

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"Great news. We don’t need any more CA liberals in our great state," one person responded to the news. Another joking replied, "Congrats to Florida and Texas." One person retorted, "Most sane people self-banned themselves from traveling to LA County years ago."

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"The air in Florida and Texas is beginning to smell better already," one user tweeted. Another asked, "So the Angles won’t be playing the Rangers or Astros?"

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