An Indianapolis bakery refused a cupcake order from a local university group after the owner took issue with the decorating request. What was so offensive? Rainbow cupcakes.
A local Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) group was looking for multi-colored baked goods to celebrate “National Coming Out Day” on October 11, 2010. The day, founded in 1988, focuses on raising awareness of the LGBTQI community, as well as providing safe spaces for individuals who are questioning their sexuality.
The owners of Just Cookies are husband-wife couple, David and Lilly Stockdon. Lilly Stockdon originally stated the bakery had “no cupcakes” as she gesticulated around her store. She also claimed that she did not have enough colors to accommodate the group’s rainbow design. However, her husband told a different tale. David Stockdon admitted that he denied the request, saying, “We are a family business and we have two young impressionable daughters. We thought it best not to do that.” He continued, telling reporters, “Just like we wouldn’t make a cookie with an obscenity.”
The IPIUI students responded to this discrimination with hope. Rebecca Scherpelz, an IUPUI student said, “I just hope that what comes out of this is that there’s some dialogue and discussion on what we value in our community, how we share those values and how we interact with our community members.”
There seems to be a strong support for the LGBT community at IUPUI. The Chancellor of IPIUI, Charles R Bantz, is scheduled to give remarks in support of National Coming Out Day on October 7th. IUPUI has a website dedicated to supporting LGBT Faculty and Staff. The website exists to “provide network opportunities, educational forums and a voice with the administration” to staff who identify as LGBT. In addition, the school has a Gay-Straight Alliance to promote discussion and education about the LGBT community.
University students were able to find another bakery — The Flying Cupcake Bakery – who took the cupcake request. A spokesperson for IUPUI says the school has not registered a formal complaint against the bakery. However, a spokesperson for the Mayor of the City of Indianapolis has called the bakery’s behavior “unacceptable”, saying “it’s an equal accommodations establishment”. Radio Now’s “The Scotty Show” launched plans for the 1st Annual Gay Cupcake Party on Friday, October 1st, catered by the Flying Cupcake.
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