OpEd: Why Do So Many Bakers Hate Us?
Who knew it was so hard to be LGBTQ and get a cake? Evidently confections are the new battle ground for LGBTQ rights in this country and a number of cake shops are making their stance known.
Most recently, a lesbian couple from Washington D.C. was humiliated when an anniversary cake was picked up with a crudely drawn homophobic message scrawled on it. (top image via the Advocate)
The Advocate broke this story and spoke with one of the lesbian victims, Sarah, of this half-baked scheme:
Sarah says she opened the cake inside the shop, then immediately asked to speak with a manager upon seeing the message. Sarah says the manager apologized for the sloppy text but not for its inaccurate, homophobic content. The manager refunded Sarah’s money and offered her a “less sloppy” cake but refused to address the cake’s messaging, even when Sarah pressed the issue. Sarah says she declined the owner’s offer for a new cake. She and her partner are planning to eat the cake tonight when they celebrate their anniversary.
“How could anyone mistake that for something a person would want on a cake?” Sarah asks The Advocate rhetorically. “And what baker would sell something so messy and unprofessional? When it occurred to me that this was probably an intentional insult to my relationship, I was appalled at the audacity of the cake decorator or baker or whoever was responsible. It’s disappointing to know that when I want to honor the most important person in my life, I have to worry about some intolerant person ruining the surprise I had planned.”
Up next we have an Oregon bakery who refused to bake a cake for a wedding for a gay couple. Sweet Cakes by Melissa has since closed their store front after the barrage of LGBTQ anger rained upon them.
The owners of an Oregon bakery at the center of a complaint for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple are speaking out, and say gay rights activists used “militant” and “mean-spirited, mafia-style tactics” to shut down their business.
Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham, Ore., told the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) they didn’t “want to be a part of (the couple’s) marriage,” and continued to defend their decision to turn away Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman, despite the negative impact it had on their business.
Cryer and Bowman claim Aaron Klein told them they are “abominations unto the Lord.”
While the Kleins said earlier this year their business had increased after news of the controversy first broke, they now tell CBN that their wedding cake business suffered a major loss.
And last, but certainly not least, a gay couple in Colorado was denied a wedding cake by local baker’s Masterpiece Cake.
Dave Mullin and Charlie Craig say they dated for nearly two years before getting engaged. They went into the Masterpiece Cake Shop thinking they’d spend a full day trying cakes for their ceremony. Instead the meeting lasted a few seconds.
“My first comment was, ‘We’re getting married,’ and he just shut that down immediately,” Craig said.
Now I’ve worked in enough kitchens to know it’s hard to eat out without having your food touched by queer hands, so I find it nearly impossible to believe this is some sort of epidemic frosting the nation. Many of the homophobic stores under fire for… being under fire… have claimed their religious freedom has been called into question – something I have trouble understanding. And Lord knows we’ve heard this poor argument before (See the Anglo-saxon ideal for racial integrity)
Has anyone here in Richmond tried to get a cake with a particularly LGBT message and gotten a negative response? Anyone know any particularly LGBTQ friendly bakers in town?
Tim is a writer, video game nerd, and music fan. You'll see him at shows, or you wont really see him at all.
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