Homophobic Bakery: Local bakery refuses to make rainbow cupcakes for gay customer

On September 23, 2010 Ray Cortopassi of Fox59 in Indianapolis reported (full story) that the local bakery Just Cookies (yelp) refused to make cupcakes for a National Coming Out Day event.

“I explained we’re a family-run business, we have two young, impressionable daughters and we thought maybe it was best not to do that,” said co-owner David Stockton.

I’m not sure if this statement scares me more than it angers me or the other way around. The language used here makes it sound like David thinks that by painting rainbow colors on a cupcake, his daughters are going to turn into lesbians.

He acts as if, in order to make those cupcakes, he would have to explain to his daughters exactly what those cupcakes were for.

Family values: Gays can’t get married, join the military, have job security or buy cupcakes.

I’m going to write a yelp review, who’s with me?
Ed

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19 Responses to Homophobic Bakery: Local bakery refuses to make rainbow cupcakes for gay customer

  1. Monique says:

    Whatever floats your boat but…. Since when does anyone let alone a privately held business not allowed to do or make anything. Just because laws are passed, or it’s now cool does that mean straight people have to make sure they teach their children it’s okay to be gay. That’s messed up. It’s a choice! And now thus bakery owner is going to have loss of business and a bad review in help because of his choice?it’s going way to fair. When will it end! The term “politicaly correct” is just out of control. Go cry all the way home. Boo hoo the mean ole bakery won’t make rainbow cupcakes.

    • Thank you for the reply, and the question.

      We don’t know how old his 2 impressionable daughters are but, we can assume that they are school age since they are impressionable. Since it is school season, his daughters would be in school most of the day. Presumably, while he was making those cupcakes.

      Does he have to tell them who and what every other cupcake he makes is for? I would think not. So why would baking these particular cupcakes that didn’t say anything about being gay on them and weren’t even actual pride flag designs, rather they were simply multicolored, have to be explained to his children?

      I did not say that he had to teach his children that being gay is ok. I would hope that he would teach them to respect other people, cultures, beliefs and lifestyles.

      Yes, he will get bad reviews on Yelp because he made the choice to deny this group the sale if his cupcakes simply because of why they were eating them.

      I’ll tell you what, if he had done the same to a Tea Party group or a religious group, I’d be writing about it too!

      Bad business practice is bad business practice and he clearly has it.

      Thanks,
      Ed

    • Devo says:

      People also have a right to choose where they shop, and a right to tell people about their experiences with a retailer. Do you hate free speech and capitalism?

      • kiadragon says:

        No…we hate stupid, unreasonable idiots. I ate plenty of rainbow cupcakes in elementary school. Strange how I turned out straight, married and happy with my sexual orientation.

        What the Frak do you think? The rainbow is gay poison or something?

        Who said anything about hating free speech and capitalism? THIS IS A CONSUMER (free speech) LEAVING A BAD REVIEW OF A BAKERY (capitalism).

        Why do you have thinking and using common sense?

      • Just for clarity, Devo is actually saying the same thing that you are, Kiadragon. He was replying to Monique’s comment.

  2. Anon says:

    Being gay is not a choice. Do you really believe that all of those homophobic republicans chose to become gay?

  3. A says:

    I have to agree. A private business has the right to discriminate. They have the right to refuse business to anyone at any time.

  4. Monica says:

    The other commenters are correct. Private business DOES have the right to refuse business, discriminate, and turn away anyone from their store. That’s the capitalist system. But you know what? The flipside is customers are allowed to spread word of mouth about their business practices, their discrimination, and their experiences dealing with that store.

    You want to imply that somehow making rainbow cupcakes will irrevocably traumatize your children. It is your right. And it is your customers and the community’s right to spread the word- the money of gay folks, their friends, families, and allies are not welcome here.

  5. Wayne B says:

    Why oh why should they be forced to support your cause?

    How would you like it if you were a gay baker and someone walked in and asked you for a Swastika Cake?

    • Supporting the cause would be if they made the cupcakes and gave them to the group. The group was simply trying to buy the cupcakes.

      Is wal-mart supporting your cause if you buy paper plates from them? No.

      Regardless. No one here advocates for forcing this guy to sell those cupcakes. We are just pointing out his discriminatory business practices, and how silly his assertion that his daughters are going to suddenly go queer for colorful cupcakes that they probably weren’t ever even going to see in the first place is.

  6. saywhat says:

    so you should have more freedoms than the baker? let’s not argue about rights when it’s the very rights you seek that you trample along the way. he has the right to refuse. you have the right to find another baker. exercise your rights.

    • So, I shouldn’t be allowed to exercise my right to tell people about how he chose to exercise his right? LGBT people do not want to buy services from people who will use that money to endorse candidates who would be against LGBT equality. Anyone who would go as far as this guy did would be the type to do just that. Therefore, it is my right as an American and my responsibility as an LGBT American to forewarn anyone who is in support of LGBT Equality of this store owner’s political view point.

      Welcome to America, the land of the free where I have the right to say anything about what he said about me. Pull up a chair and stay awhile.
      Ed

    • Buncle says:

      It’s not as much about rights as it is about equality… Why should one subset of society have more rights than another because of how they are born?

      If your saying it’s right for a private business to discriminate based upon something they have no control over, then you must also be saying it’s okay for them to discriminate against women, or the disabled, or by ethnicity.

      Personally, I think discrimination based on wilful ignorance or malice is wrong. Period. You are welcome to think otherwise, but be prepared to be considered a bigot.

  7. Emma says:

    I’m glad I stumbled on to this. I actually work for a company downtown and we often purchase cookies and goodie baskets for various clients and internal company functions. We also have a very diverse workplace, including gay employees. I can guarantee that purchasing anything from a local company that openly discriminates against ANY group would be met with complaints from our employees. That’s just the way we choose to do OUR business.

    • Emma,
      This is exactly what I’m talking about. What if I did not write this article but someone in your office knew of this incident and you accidentally bought cookies from this company? You know it would cause a little turmoil within the company because that would reflect on whoever made the purchase.

      There are many Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender people and their allies who make it a point to purchase from LGBT friendly establishments. Hopefully through this discussion and the several others going on around the internet they will be informed that this might not be a place that they want to do business.

      On the other hand, there may even be people who support the “values” that this business has, now they are informed and know who to go to for cookies.

      It’s a win-win really.

  8. Meredith says:

    Yelp is for people who have been to the business. It’s not appropriate to rate them on Yelp if you haven’t experienced them yourselves. There is a lot of discussion in the business owner community about this; using it to criticize business owners diminishes the reliability of the site. Anyone can get a few friends together to slam a store and ruin their business. That’s now what it’s for.

    • I have experienced them. The owner and co-owner came into my home, on my tv screen and told me that their definition of family is the ultimate and my family is meaningless. They then proceeded to tell me that my family is so worthless that they won’t even sell me cupcakes if I plan to use them during a celebration of my family.

      What you do in the public light, under the name of your business, creates an experience associated with your business.

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