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. This law ensures that transgender students are allowed to participate in school programs and activities just like every other boy and girl.
Too often, these young people are prevented from participating in gym classes and can’t get the credits they need to graduate. In some schools, transgender students are singled out and treated differently and not allowed to participate in the same activities or use the same facilities as other students.
The School Success and Opportunity Act gives transgender students equal opportunities to participate and succeed in school and was signed by California Governor Jerry Brown in August 2013. But if Jelly Belly’s Chair gets his way, the law will be stopped and overturned. He is funding a campaign—run by marriage equality foe and architect of the Prop 8 campaign Frank Schubert—to repeal this law. This hateful campaign is led by fringe anti-LGBT organizations like the National Organization for Marriage and the Capitol Resource Institute, which are trafficking in lies about the new law and terrorizing our youth.
Tell Jelly Belly Chair Herman Rowland Sr. that all students should be treated equally and have the same opportunities to be successful in school.