California Has Banned State-Funded Travel to Kansas for Being Too Queerphobic
California banned state-funded travel to Kansas for having too many anti-LGBTQ policies.
The policy could prevent public universities in California from scheduling sporting events with Kansas teams and raises the question of whether teams will travel to Wichita in 2018, when the city is scheduled to host two rounds of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
The law prohibits state agencies and universities from using state dollars to pay for travel to states with laws it views as discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. There are a few exceptions, such as for law enforcement purposes.
In 2016, Kansas enacted a “religious freedom” law that allows religious groups at college campuses to deny membership to LGBTQ people without losing public funding.
Banning state-funded travel to Kansas could deprive the state of revenue and really mess up intercollegiate athletic tournaments.
Kansas could soon learn what North Carolina did: queerphobia is bad for business.
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