Jelly Belly Chair Supports Campaign to Repeal Transgender Student Rights Law
Transgender rights advocates are taking aim at the Chairman of the Jelly Belly company after learning that he donated thousands of dollars to the campaign to repeal California’s landmarktransgender student rights law.
In September, Herman G. Rowland Sr., chairman of the board of Jelly Belly Candy Company, Inc., donated $5,000 to Privacy for All Students, a coalition fighting for a referendum effort to repeal the transgender rights legislation, reported Frontiers LA.
The statute — known as School Success and Opportunity Act (AB 1266) — was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in August, requires public schools to allow students to participate in sex-segregated programs, activities and facilities based on self-perception of gender instead of birth gender or transition status.
The law, which goes into effect on January 1, 2014, is the first of its kind in the country to spell out the rights of transgender K-12 students.
Last week, the leaders of four prominent LGBT rights organizations signed on to a letter initiated by the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), asking Rowland to “reconsider support of the campaign by joining leaders from the transgender equality movement in a conversation about the real harms facing transgender kids.”
The letter is signed by NCTE Executive Director Mara Keisling; Masen Davis, Executive Director of the Transgender Law Center; Kate Kendell, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights; and John O’Connor, Executive Director of Equality California.
The repeal initiative is being led by Prop. 8 strategist Frank Schubert, who is now the political director of the National Organization for Marriage.After passage of Proposition 8, Schubert led successful campaigns to block same-sex marriages in Maine and to pass a constitutional amendment similar to Proposition 8 inNorth Carolina. Last November, he oversaw four unsuccessful efforts to keep gay unions from being legalized in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington.
Schubert has until Nov. 8 to gather the signatures of 504,760 registered voters to place a referendum on the November 2014 ballot that would nullify the statute.
The bill’s sponsor, Texas Republican State Senator Lois Kolkhorst provided details of the bill, as protestors’ booing grew louder, causing her to momentarily pause before ignoring them.January 6, 2017
- Transgender suicide prevention hotline founder detained by US Border Patrol, January 3, 2017
- Split comedy EP recording is last stop before local comic undergoes bottom surgery, December 7, 2016
- Lambda Legal urges Pennsylvania District Court to suspend Pittsburgh school’s restroom policy, December 2, 2016
- Prev Omaha Marine Takes Punch in the Face for Drag Queen Friend
- Next Lesbian Couple Files Lawsuit Challenging Colo. Same-sex Marriage Ban
- Back to top
- Diversity Richmond and Black History Museum of VA teamed up for Black LGBTQ History discussion event
- Mayor Stoney signs national pledge to fight LGBTQ discrimination
- GoT’s Gethin Anthony/Renly Baratheon to voice gay love option in ‘Mass Effect Andromeda’
- RVA LGBTQ Black History Month Honoree: Sean M. Smith
- VA Senator Tim Kaine speaks out against roll back of transgender student’s rights