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Jelly Belly Candy Chairman Donates Thousands of Dollars to Harm Transgender Children


The Chair of the Jelly Belly Candy Company, Herman Rowland, Sr., has donated thousands of dollars to the anti-LGBT 'Privacy for All Students' initiative campaign, which is working against legislation California Governor Jerry Brown signed in August protecting transgender students.

Writes Karen Ocamb at Frontiers:

Herman Rowland Sr., Chair of the Jelly Belly Candy Company, is a major contributor to the Privacy for All Students initiative campaign—led by Prop. 8 strategist Frank Schubert, who is now the political director for the National Organization for Marriage. Just as he did with the misrepresentations and scare tactics of the Prop. 8 campaign, Schubert is trying to collect enough signatures to put an initiative on the 2014 ballot to repeal the historic “School Success and Opportunity Act, ” AB 1266, authored by out Assemblymember Tom Ammiano. The transgender student law goes into effect on Jan. 1, unless the measure qualifies, which would put the law on hold.

Rowland, Sr. made a $5,000 donation to the effort.

Ocamb adds:

You might remember that Jelly Belly disavowed any anti-gay attitudes in 2010 when the sad NOM-back Latino tour bus (tracked by the Courage Campaign) tried to pay a visit. Instead of a warm welcome, Jelly Belly Consumer Affairs Manager Kit McCoy said they were unaware of being a highlighted stop on NOM’s itinerary. “Jelly Belly does not allow any group to promote their special interests, pass out flyers or approach our visitors for their own interests at our public tours,” McCoy said. is running a petition calling on Rowland Sr. to stop hurting transgender children.

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  1. Yay! I was hoping you guys would post this. Skip Jelly Bellies!

    Posted by: Fenrox | Oct 25, 2013 2:47:16 PM

  2. I love just up the road from the factory! Guess I won't be buying any mixed bags of juicy pear and hot cinnamon any more.

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Oct 25, 2013 2:59:59 PM

  3. *live, of course

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Oct 25, 2013 3:00:27 PM

  4. @ *live, of course.

    I like the sentence without the correction, Thedrdonna. It's so romantic.

    You know, I don't like to talk about it much, but I had a miscarriage with a jelly baby back in 1977. Very painful. I was so young. So, I made all my partners wear condoms after that--long before everybody started wearing them. (I'm starting to weep)

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 25, 2013 3:07:31 PM

  5. Amazing the way you all @Towleroad will catch these things, you should be a PAC all by yourselves, thank you.

    Posted by: Patrick | Oct 25, 2013 3:18:27 PM

  6. I just have a question...I know I'll be criticized. Does the law have any medical or psychiatric requirement evaluation? I don't know.
    If it is just: here go to the girls locker room, you say you're a girl (female is saved for true xx, no?) so head on in. Or does it needs to have a diagnosis?

    Seems like it'd be easy for a horny teen to get by.

    Wouldn't a medical requirement squash this?

    Posted by: me | Oct 25, 2013 3:19:37 PM

  7. I see "die cis scum" (Google it) and realize they're not us gays. Seriously look on tumblr for "cis"

    Posted by: me | Oct 25, 2013 3:24:18 PM

  8. I will write to the Segerstrom Center shortly but I wanted to get the word out since I missed my "in-person" chance last night. Currently, Priscilla is playing at the Orange County (California) arts center. I noticed at the bar that they were selling cocktail flavors...small jelly belly boxes with margarita, Cosmo, etc flavors. I thought that would be fun for parties. I did not buy the tiny $2 box last night and now I'm glad I didn't. Show is playing next in San Diego, so if you go to OC or San Diego to see the show, please let management know that this product is in direct conflict with the entire musical's goals.

    Posted by: Jonny | Oct 25, 2013 3:24:58 PM

  9. Ronald Reagan loved his jelly beans. Coincidence?

    Posted by: JonnyNYNY2FLFL | Oct 25, 2013 4:09:06 PM

  10. @Derrick, what a touching story!

    @Me: Female is generally appropriate for someone who has mostly female sexual characteristics, be they genitals, genetics, endocrine system, secondary sexual characteristics, etc. given that the technical definition is only sometimes used, and that it can be used interchangeably with "woman", it can be tricky.

    And, with regards to lockers or whatever, this law reflects policies that have been in use across the state and across the country for years. Teachers and administrators are not going to let some jack off kid just wander into the other bathroom because they suddenly "became" trans that morning. The law is written to say that it's based on "gender identity", and that will require confirmation by school officials. Gender identity is not something that radically changes from one day to the next, and any legitimate trans student is going to have plenty of evidence to support their use of gender-correct facilities.

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Oct 25, 2013 4:25:17 PM

  11. It is actually an incredibly radical law without any sort of medical, parental or psychological controls at all. Brown is obviously afraid of the trans brigade and was forced to sign this awful bill.

    Posted by: patrick | Oct 25, 2013 4:45:52 PM

  12. @Thedrdonna - I swim/bike/run at Lake Andrea (of course in season) and he has just given me another reason not to buy mixed candy bags -- not even for Halloween.

    Posted by: Belthazar | Oct 25, 2013 4:54:17 PM

  13. Time for a Jelly Belly boycot?

    Posted by: Mike | Oct 25, 2013 4:57:24 PM

  14. Jelly beans are nasty anyway.

    figures he's some old fartish type....probably has a kiddie porn dungeon.

    Posted by: york | Oct 25, 2013 4:57:56 PM

  15. So, smart ass Patrick;

    Which bathroom should a hermaphrodite use?

    We'll wait for your genius IQ to kick in and enlighten us all.


    Posted by: KEV C | Oct 25, 2013 5:27:02 PM

  16. Sh*t. Now I have to stop eating these delicious Green Apple, Buttered Popcorn and Very Cherry flavored JBs.

    At least i'll always have Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Oct 25, 2013 5:43:23 PM

  17. As if Kev C wasn't already an obvious troll, he further "outs" himself by using the word "hermaphrodite." Rick/whichever alias you choose to go by: you're pathetic. Are you Herman Rowland Jr?

    Posted by: Tyler | Oct 25, 2013 6:04:18 PM

  18. @Me - don't buy into the flawed thinking of these people. There is zero evidence to support their claims that any harm has or will come to cisgendered students who share facilities with trans kids. These "Christian" con-men are fanning the flames of fear in order to raise money from their marks and expand the influence of their organizations. They don't care about kids and they don't care about the Bible. They care about MONEY. Now that there is greater acceptance of gay people they are making trans kids the new Boogeyman. Same old tricks, new target. It's up to us to make sure these kids are protected.

    Posted by: Ken | Oct 25, 2013 6:11:40 PM

  19. I was sincere in my comment...

    Posted by: Patrick | Oct 25, 2013 6:24:29 PM

  20. Jelly Belly is disgusting anyways. Can't wait for Easter to roll back around so I can justify gorging myself on Starburst jellybeans.

    Posted by: JMC | Oct 25, 2013 6:38:17 PM

  21. I have very mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, a number of anti-gay groups are supporting this referendum and it would be good to defeat their effort just to make them fail.

    On the other hand, the law itself is badly written and is completely one-sided, allowing for no flexibility in how a school responds, based on the situation of the particular trans kid and the reaction of the other kids. Also, this law is a project of trans activists, many of whom are extremely anti-gay and who have coopted the gay civil rights movement for their own purposes. Just a year ago, a number of them were encouraging people to go out and vote against marriage equality. They were prepared to inflict real harm on gay and lesbian families in order to punish us for not prioritizing their issues over gay civil rights. So it would be really sweet to see trans activists in tears as they go down to defeat.

    As of right now, I am planning on voting to repeal the law, defeat the trans activists, and then encourage the legislature to pass a more reasonable law that protects trans kids but allows schools some flexibility in how they do that.

    Posted by: Marjorie | Oct 25, 2013 6:51:03 PM

  22. @Marjorie, care to name, say, three people who advocated voting against gay marriage for the reasons you stated?

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Oct 25, 2013 6:56:29 PM

  23. i love gays who hate trans, you go ssssssisters ;)

    Posted by: Andrea | Oct 25, 2013 7:17:27 PM

  24. Responding to some of the lies told by TheDrDonna:

    "Teachers and administrators are not going to let some jack off kid just wander into the other bathroom because they suddenly "became" trans that morning. The law is written to say that it's based on "gender identity", and that will require confirmation by school officials."

    They will have no basis to stop him. The law requires no confirmation by school officials. Gender identity is not defined. No procedure is set up to verify gender identity or to sort bogus claims from genuine ones. If a student says, this is my gender identity and let me in that locker, any school that refuses faces potential legal liability.

    This vagueness and lack of definition is intentional. Trans activists hate to define terms in these laws because they know that it will cause an uproar if the real meaning got out to the public. They prefer proposing vague laws and then imposing their interpretation through unelected school bureaucrats.

    "Gender identity is not something that radically changes from one day to the next, and any legitimate trans student is going to have plenty of evidence to support their use of gender-correct facilities."

    Legitimate trans? Is that like Todd Akin's views on legitimate rape? Please do explain yourself.

    In any event, the law requires absolutely no "evidence" and no allowance is given to the school to demand such evidence. You are lying. Also, since gender identity is not defined, there is no basis for saying that it doesn't change day to day. In fact, many "genderqueers" maintain that their gender identity is fluid and does change all the time. So yes, a genderqueer could demand to use the boys locker room on Monday and the girls on Tuesday. If the school balks, then it has to be prepared to spend many thousands of dollars and wasted hours in a lawsuit. TheDrDonna, surely you don't approve of locker room discrimination against genderqueers?

    Posted by: Steven F/San Diego | Oct 25, 2013 7:17:36 PM

  25. @Marjorie: I've seen enough sad stories to know that schools should NOT have flexibility in how they respond, because they invariably make the choice to harm the trans students.

    Posted by: rdm | Oct 25, 2013 7:17:42 PM

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