One of the few openly gay members of the state Legislature is calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to ban non-essential state travel to Arkansas after lawmakers there approved a pair of bills targeted at transgender youth and athletes in recent weeks.
Assemblymember Daniel O’Donnell, D-Manhattan, asked Cuomo in a letter Friday to issue the ban, calling the new Arkansas laws “dangerous and harmful.”
“We must continue to show that we do not accept hate in any state, and that we will do whatever it takes to ensure transgender Americans are protected,” O’Donnell wrote.
There’s precedent for the request; Cuomo blocked non-essential state travel to North Carolina five years ago when the state banned transgender people from using public bathrooms that aligned more closely with their gender identity.
And Cuomo has taken similar action against the states of Indiana and Mississippi when…