In light of news that Jelly Belly Candy Company Board Chairman, Herman Rowland, Sr., donated $5,000 to repeal California’s Student Success and Opportunity Act, the National Center for Transgender Equality, the Transgender Law Center, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Equality California invited Mr. Rowland, Sr. to meet to talk more about the real harms facing transgender kids.
The invitation states:
On behalf of thousands of transgender and gender non-conforming students around the country, we write in regards to your recent donation to the campaign to repeal the Student Success and Opportunity Act (AB 1266). As the leader behind a brand as uniquely American as the Jelly Belly Candy Company, we urge you to adhere to the values that make this country strong: fairness and opportunity for all. These are the same values that helped you propel your family business from its modest beginnings, and California’s new law only affirms these values for transgender children. Your support of efforts to take that same
opportunity away is an attack on transgender children and is an offense to these values.
The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), the Transgender Law Center (TLC), Equality California (EQCA), and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) ask you to reconsider your support of the campaign by joining leaders from the transgender equality movement in a conversation about the real harms facing transgender kids. We extend this invitation in the spirit of openness and with the goal of helping all students succeed.
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