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Jelly Belly chair supports campaign to repeal transgender student rights law

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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 landmark transgender student rights law.

Herman Rowland Sr.

Herman Rowland Sr.

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.

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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 in North 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.

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110 more reader comments:

  1. No more for me!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 4:41pm
  2. "you're overreacting" - negativland

    Replied on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 5:16pm
  3. No! people who are against other people should be punished. get them where it truly hurts! MONEY, SALES!!

    Replied on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 5:39pm
  4. No more Jelly Belly for this guy.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 4:44pm
  5. Ditto!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 4:44pm
  6. Wtf??

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 4:44pm
  7. Darn. I liked Jelly Bellies. However, this /does/ make it easier to cut those out of my diet.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 4:45pm
  8. So much for Very Cherry.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 4:46pm
  9. Whaaaat?? Well that’s a shame… I liked the apple ones

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 4:46pm
  10. 86 the JB’s

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 4:46pm
  11. Sad . Yet people who support them are in the gay community. Lets see their sales drop .

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 4:47pm
  12. Who needs the extra artificial colors, flavors and crap ton of sugar anyway?

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 4:47pm
  13. Not to mention spending way too much on way too little. Their ratio of price to portion size is ridiculous.

    Replied on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 5:21pm
  14. You can get a cheaper knockoff from Costco and they taste just the same.

    Replied on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 5:23pm
  15. Amen!

    Replied on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 5:38pm
  16. Yeah, Jelly Belly is ridiculously overpriced for what it is, and that combined with their politics means I don't give them my business. The Costco knockoffs are absolutely delicious though.

    Replied on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 6:43pm
  17. Nice to know there are alternatives if you are in the mood for a treat.

    Replied on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 6:49pm
  18. Costco owns.

    Replied on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 6:41am
  19. Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 4:48pm
  20. they’re gross and overpriced anyway

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 4:48pm
  21. no moe for me

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 4:48pm
  22. Love Jelly Belly

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 4:49pm
  23. I have a place for his jelly belly beans.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 4:58pm
  24. Who eats Jelly Belly’s anymore anyway?

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 4:58pm
  25. Fuck him!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 5:00pm
  26. No thanks. He's not my type.

    Replied on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 5:09pm
  27. It was the only good jelly bean made, I guess I will have to live without them now, it’s not worth the taste if someones rights are being taken away.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 5:02pm
  28. I’m not buying those jellybeans again ever

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 5:03pm
  29. Boycott Jelly Belly

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 5:03pm
  30. never liked them anyways

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 5:04pm
  31. Damn I loved them…

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 5:06pm
  32. They were my fav sweets
    I’m trans
    :( imma miss them
    I’m never gonna eat one again

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 5:06pm
  33. hope he don’t go to a gay dentist. Ha ha ha

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 5:06pm
  34. I never liked those damn things anyway.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 5:07pm
  35. Fuck him and his shitty candy!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 5:10pm
  36. because we know that the company is immediately tarnished whenever an employee does something as stupid as this

    go fuck yourselves, I’m still gonna be LGBTQ friendly and buy all the Jelly Bellies.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 5:16pm
  37. I don’t eat that crap to begin with!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 5:17pm
  38. Very sad to read — and after going to the Jelly Belly plant a few years ago and seeing how they are made, I was turned off but this seals the deal.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 5:23pm
  39. If u squeeze his ass cheeks really hard u will see a dick shoot out of his ass!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 5:28pm
  40. The poor guy seems to have had little success in the causes he supports! Is it possible that God is NOT on his side?

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 5:34pm
  41. don’t buy his damn products!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 5:37pm
  42. no more for me! Either

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 5:38pm
  43. Screw him and his candy. All it does is give me tooth aches and his stupid comments gives me a headache.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 5:38pm
  44. Another good company to boycott!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 5:40pm
  45. It just floors me how some people who have money feel it is their right to decide what is right for others they hate.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 5:40pm
  46. Guess what my dad isn’t getting from me for Xmas this year :/

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 5:42pm
  47. Well that sucks… another place to not spend my money at.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 5:45pm
  48. I hate jellys

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 5:48pm
  49. Stop trying to interfere with equal rights.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 5:48pm
  50. Sorry but since when do jelly beans have anything to do with transgender rights? That’s like saying, I own a shoe store, let me have a say in *insert rights debate here*

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 5:50pm
  51. Time to stop eating jelly belly’s

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 5:51pm
  52. Nasty cretin.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 6:00pm
  53. No more of that crap for me I guess

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 6:02pm
  54. two-faced…… and two chinned…..and too much blather

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 6:09pm
  55. Lucky for me I don’t eat that poison anyway.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 6:10pm
  56. hate sells

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 6:14pm
  57. That’s so sad. Yet another product I love I can no longer buy!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 6:14pm
  58. Who the hell puts that shit in their body anyway? Ewww, not only do they discriminate but they sell products that cause health issues.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 6:14pm
  59. Shame!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 6:20pm
  60. Scratch Jelly Belly off my list.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 6:31pm
  61. red causes HDAD and much other problems . lets collect signatures to band his candies , the real evil !

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 6:37pm
  62. So his candy can be multi but not his consumers, ummmmmm?

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 6:42pm
  63. Shane Smith – no need for the attitude, buy them – it’s your right! It’s just I will NOT! More transphobic jelly beans for you I guess!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 6:46pm
  64. These CEOs must be brain-damaged if they haven’t read the memo yet: people WILL boycott their products because of their personal stands against equality, and there are MORE OF US than there are ignorant bigots who will support them for the same reasons.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 7:11pm
  65. Eventually he’ll lose enough money and will have to change his tune. Until then. He can rot in hell!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 7:17pm
  66. Watch the documentary about Jelly Belly on Netflix and you will hate them even more, nobody should be giving a cent to this corporation

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 7:18pm
  67. …well I doubt that it’s anatomically possible, but I’d still like to see him cram his jelly belly up his smelly jelly a’hole!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 7:23pm
  68. What a moron. Just make candy and shut the F up!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 7:34pm
  69. He has the right to spend his money how he wants – and I have the right not to buy his crap. Yet, somehow, I suspect that he’ll soon be crying that he’s being unfairly discriminated against after his sales drop. Any one want to take that bet?

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 7:34pm
  70. hit um in the wallet and see how quick he changes his mind , just like that pasta Barilla did.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 7:34pm
  71. Fuck you! I USED to buy your shitty candy, not anymore. Narrow minded prick, with all your money your rich ass has you use it to try to take rights away from people?

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 7:36pm
  72. The closest email I could find was http://mycusthelp.com/JELLYBELLY/_cs/QuestionAsk.aspx?sSessionID=

    My email: Since your corporate chair, Herman G. Rowland, Sr., has seen fit to come out of his closet of bigotry, you have lost any and all business from myself and everyone who knows me. Thank you.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 7:37pm
  73. Hit him where it hurts most: his pocket book.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 7:41pm
  74. Looks like another company I will be boycotting

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 7:50pm
  75. Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 7:56pm
  76. Jelly Belly’s taste like shit anyways !!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 8:01pm
  77. Thinking investing money in hate will actually earn him more money, wonder why he thinks this tactic actually works..

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 8:09pm
  78. The pear jelly belly is my favorite.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 8:11pm
  79. METOOO!

    Replied on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 1:38am
  80. A REAL SICKIE!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 8:22pm
  81. This SICKIE also hold the original Candy Corn formula.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 8:23pm
  82. Idiots .

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 8:32pm
  83. OK. Barilla…gone. Jelly Belly…gone. And they were such “gay” little things.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 8:47pm
  84. Jelly beans are disgusting anyway. I never did like them.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 8:56pm
  85. Corn syrup beads of death can rot in their packaging.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 9:09pm
  86. Why people continue to buy those sweets that harm the body with all the chemical things?

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 9:28pm
  87. He can keep his damn jelly beans. Who gives him the right to do anything regarding transgender students? His is just one opinion and is no better mine – which is supporting all transgenders. So there!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 9:47pm
  88. Who wants to eat their sh*tty jelly beans anyway.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 11:19pm
  89. boycott this ask

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 11:31pm
  90. Jelly Belly candy is OVER priced & UNDER tasty. We haven’t bought JB candy in years.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 11:45pm
  91. hope his stock drops..douchebag

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 11:49pm
  92. Boooooooooooooooo JELLY BELLY SUCKS!!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 11:53pm
  93. Ronnie Reagan’s brand…

    Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 12:03am
  94. Someone’s products won’t be in “Satan’s candy sack”tmorrow

    Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 12:15am
  95. One more thing not to eat…

    Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 12:22am
  96. Tell him that he should treat his kids that way and see how they like it. I really hope he has a transgendered kid!

    Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 12:45am
  97. Crawl back under your rock you ignorant asshole

    Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 1:23am
  98. hater

    Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 2:24am
  99. Jelly belly, face and brain!

    Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 4:08am
  100. You make RAINBOW colored candy and you’re a homophobe?! Wow pretty oxymoronic don’t ya think! No longer buying your candy! Thanks for showing your true colors!

    Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 4:25am
  101. No more of my dollars for you.

    Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 4:55am
  102. i never thought i’d be extastic about not finding bellys the best jelly bean. i like mike & ike jelly beans the best.

    Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 4:57am
  103. I feel sorry for him. He is mentally unfit.

    Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 4:58am
  104. How many grandchildren does he have? How many will commit suicide or turn to drugs because they can’t be themselves. If it eere his kids or grandkids getting beat up every day, he’d be willing to do anything to make it stop!

    Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 5:15am
  105. guess im adding jelly bellies to the list as well as Dominoes Pizza, Chick Fil-A and Enders Game movie and book series. People need to learn they are accountable for their words

    Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 6:26am
  106. Gee, that brand new bag is going in the trash.

    Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 6:37am
  107. no jelly beans at this house anymore. Period.

    Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 7:35am
  108. No more beans…

    Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 1:49pm
  109. BOYCOTT this Bigoted brand and All who support and Profiteer from it ! No To Inequality No to Sexual Apartheid ! ;o(

    Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 1:50pm
  110. No more Jelly Belly candy for me. What planet is this guy from ?

    Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 6:38pm