Jelly Belly chairman donates to anti-trans campaign

Posted on 31 Oct 2013 at 4:59am

 

Herman Rowland Sr.

Herman Rowland Sr.

SACRAMENTO — A group whose sole purpose is to repeal California Assembly Bill 1266 received a $5,000 boost from Jelly Belly Chairman of the Board Herman Rowland Sr., according to the Advocate.

The bill, passed in August, guarantees transgender students have equal access to bathrooms, locker rooms, sport teams and other gender-segregated school facilities, and it was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Since then, Privacy For All Students has worked to have it overturned.

Frank Schubert, a well-known activist for the National Organization for Marriage, runs the group working to repeal the legislation. NOM also is actively working to stop same-sex marriage from being legalized.

Rowland’s donation triggered a Change.org petition from the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

“Jelly Belly Chair Herman Rowland Sr. is using some of his fortune to fund an effort to overturn California’s new School Success and Opportunity Act,” the petition reads. “This law ensures that transgender students are allowed to participate in school programs and activities just like every other boy and girl.”

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