Unwelcome Transition

Anti-LGBT Group Moving Forward With Attempt To Repeal Pro Trans Student Law In California


Here we go, again.

Last month, it was revealed that Jelly Belly chairman Herman Rowland, Sr. was helping to fund an anti-LGBT group who calls themselves “Privacy For All Students” to fight a sweeping law that was designed to protect transgender students in California.

The “School Success and Opportunity Act” gives transgender students from grades K-12 in California the right to choose facilities and activities based on their gender identity and not their birth gender.  The opposing “Privacy For All Students” group, made up of various “faith-based” organizations including the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) was mobilizing to collect at least 505,000 signatures to propose a challenge to the law on the November 2014 ballot.

Sadly, it appears they’ve succeeded.

AP is reporting that “Privacy For All Students” campaign manager (and mustache-twirler behind Prop. 8.) Frank Schubert has delivered 620,000 signatures to get the initiative on the ballot. If the signatures are verified, the initiative is placed on the ballot, and it is passed, it would effectively repeal the “School Success and Opportunity Act” and strip the transgender students of the protections they now have.

However, LGBT advocates in California aren’t going down without a fight. Equality California co-sponsored the “School Success and Opportunity Act,” and their Executive Director is digging in his heels. “Protecting this law is our number one priority,” he says, “and we will put everything we’ve got into it.”